Robert Plant

As frontman of the iconic British band Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the world's most impassioned and committed rock singers during the late 1960s and 1970s. Although the group broke up following drummer John Bonham's death in 1980, Plant soldiered ahead as a solo artist with a laudable appetite for exploring new styles, occasionally working with former bandmate Jimmy Page along the way. He launched his solo album in 1982 with Pictures of Eleven, an album whose mix of rock, blues, and world music earned platinum certifications in America and Canada. Plant went on to enjoy solo hits with "Big Log" (1983), "In the Mood" (1984), "Little by Little" (1985) and "Tall Cool One" (1988) before reuniting with Page in 1994. The two worked together for the next four years and recorded an album of new material, Walking into Clarksdale. In 2007, Plant reinvented himself once again by releasing one of the decade's most acclaimed and unexpected albums — the Americana album Raising Sand — alongside bluegrass star Alison Krauss. While the pair toured Europe and the US, Raising Sand received a Mercury Prize nomination and won two Grammys, including the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Now a celebrated figure in modern-day roots music, Plant formed Band of Joy with musicians like Patty Griffin and Buddy Miller, released a self-titled album in 2010, and received another Grammy nomination for Best Americana Album. Although Band of Joy's activity ceased in 2011 after the band performed at the Big Chill Festival in Herefordshire, Plant quickly began a new venture, the Sensational Shape Shifters, with whom he released a live album in 2012. The Sensational Shape Shifters also performed as his backup band on Plant's tenth solo album, Lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar, which became a Top 10 hit in a dozen countries, and 2017's Carry Fire, which was the year's best-selling Americana album in the UK. The Digging Deep: Subterranea compilation followed in 2020, rounding up 30 tracks that spanned the full length of Plant's solo career. One year later, he reunited with Krauss for Raise the Roof, another Americana album of collaborative, harmony-drenched duets that debuted at Number 7 in the US and Number 5 in the UK.

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