Nicholas Perri is an American guitarist and producer. He is a founding member of Silvertide, Mount Holly, SINAI, most The Underground Thieves. Nick has played for Shinedown, Perry Farrell, Matt Sorum, sister Christina Perri, Jimmy Gnecco, others. In 2009, Perri launched a custom guitar brand called "Perri Ink." On October 3, 2011, he opened the doors to the Perri Ink. Cartel, his first retail store; the store was closed on November 1, 2013, so Nick could continue to focus on music. Nick is a platinum selling songwriter, in 2016, produced a Transformers compilation album for Hasbro and Sony. In addition, Nick has placed music in movies, TV shows, commercials, he appeared and performed in the M. Night Shyamalan film Lady in the Water, provided two songs to the film's soundtrack. Perri is the son, older child of Mary and Dante Perri, he grew up in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, a Philadelphia suburb with his parents and younger sister, singer-songwriter Christina Perri. He attended Father Judge High School and Bensalem High School and was involved in the theater department.
In his junior year, he had the starring role in The King and I. He married Misi Bauman in 2011, their daughter, was born in 2014. In 2001, Perri co-founded Silvertide, they released their first EP American Excess in 2002. Their first full album and Tell, was released in 2004. After completion of their debut album in 2003, Silvertide hit the road and toured straight until 2006, with bands such as Van Halen, Velvet Revolver, Mötley Crüe. Following the disbanding of Silvertide, Perri moved back to Los Angeles in 2007 and picked up a role as lead guitarist for Perry Farrell. After touring and playing with Farrell and Satellite Party for a year he left the group and took another lead guitarist role with the modern rock band Shinedown, he stayed with them from 2008 through 2009 touring in support of The Sound of Madness. In 2009, Perri began a stint with drummer Matt Sorum. Perri and Sorum played throughout the year in Los Angeles and Las Vegas with a group called The Darling Stilettos. In 2010 Perri moved back to Philadelphia, with former Silvertide frontman Walt Lafty started a new rock band called Sinai.
They spent over a year writing and recording music, in February 2012, announced a full-length album was on the way. The record, entitled "A Pinch of Chaos", was released on April 1, 2012. After taking some time off to grow his custom guitar business Perri returned to the stage in 2014 with The Nick Perri Group for a string of East and West coast shows with friend Jimmy Gnecco. On March 3, 2015 it was announced. Singer Jameson Burt announced he was leaving the band via social media on November 2, 2017; the remaining members followed up saying in Jameson's absence, they would be bringing the band to a close. Mount Holly's full-length album "Stride By Stride" was released Nov 3rd 2017 and entered the TOP 40 on the iTunes Alternative Music charts, peaking at #32. On January 4, 2018, Nick unveiled the name and initial lineup of his new group The Underground Thieves, who released their first single "Graveyard Moon" on January 26. Silvertide - American Excess Silvertide - Show and Tell ’’Lady In The Water - Soundtrack’’ ’’Christina Perri - The Ocean Way Sessions’’ ’’Christina Perri - Lovestrong’’ SINAI - A Pinch of Chaos Nick Perri - Sink or Swim ’’Christina Perri - A Very Merry Perri Christmas ’’ ’’Transformers - Roll Out ’’Mount Holly - Stride By Stride’’ Nick Perri Website The Underground Thieves Perri Ink Guitars
The Sunset Strip is the 1 1⁄2-mile stretch of Sunset Boulevard that passes through the city of West Hollywood, United States. It extends from West Hollywood's eastern border with the city of Los Angeles at Crescent Heights Boulevard to its western border with Beverly Hills at Sierra Drive; the Sunset Strip is known for its boutiques, rock clubs, nightclubs, as well as its array of huge, colorful billboards. Prior to the 1984 incorporation of the city of West Hollywood, the Sunset Strip lay in an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County; because of this, the Sunset Strip and all of West Hollywood gained a reputation for being a loosely regulated area, in large part because it was not under the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles Police Department. Gambling was illegal in the city of Los Angeles, but legal in unincorporated Los Angeles County, which fostered the development of rather wilder nightlife in West Hollywood than was found within the city limits. In the 1920s a number of nightclubs and casinos moved in along Sunset Strip, which attracted movie people.
In the 1930s and the 1940s, restaurants and nightclubs on Sunset Strip, like Ciro's, the Mocambo and the Trocadero, were patronized by people working in the movie industry. Some of its expensive nightclubs and restaurants were said to be owned by gangsters like Mickey Cohen and Bugsy Siegel, earning Sunset Strip a place in Raymond Chandler's 1949 Philip Marlowe novel, The Little Sister. On Sunset Strip are the Garden of Allah apartments—Hollywood quarters for transplanted writers like Robert Benchley, Dorothy Parker, F. Scott Fitzgerald—and Schwab's Drug Store. By the early 1960s, Sunset Strip had lost favor with the majority of movie people, but its restaurants and clubs continued to serve as an attraction for locals and tourists. In the mid-1960s it became a major gathering place for the counterculture and was the scene of the Sunset Strip curfew riots in November 1966, involving police and crowds of young club-goers; those riots inspired the Buffalo Springfield song "For What It's Worth".
Sunset Strip became popular with their fans. Bands such as Led Zeppelin, The Doors, The Byrds, The Seeds, Frank Zappa, others played at clubs like the Whisky a Go Go, the Roxy, Pandora's Box and the London Fog. In July 1965 Go-Go dancers began performing; the Hyatt West Hollywood became a popular hotel. Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco, influenced by Britain's glam rock movement, opened in 1972, it became a hangout for musicians, including the New York Dolls. The 1979 Donna Summer song "Sunset People", from the album Bad Girls, was about the nightlife on Sunset Boulevard. Sunset Strip continued to be a major focus for punk rock and new wave music during the late 1970s This decade became the home of numerous Glam Metal bands such as Quiet Riot, Motley Crue and the LA Guns, the Sunset Strip ceased to be a major area for up and coming rock bands without industry sponsorship; the adoption of "pay to play" policies, where bands were charged a fee to play at clubs, diminished its appeal to groups, other than as an industry showcase.
As of the 2010s, the music industry establishment continues to dominate the clubs on Sunset Strip. In November 1984, voters in West Hollywood passed a proposal on the ballot to incorporate and the area became an independent city; the western end of Sunset Strip was occupied by office buildings catering to the entertainment industry, hotels. During the 1990s, the center of the alternative music activity in Los Angeles shifted further east to areas like Echo Park, Los Feliz and Silver Lake. 77 Sunset Strip, a 1958–1964 TV series, was set on Sunset Strip between La Cienega Boulevard and Alta Loma Road, although the address was fictional, as street numbers there run in the 7000-8000s. A second crime drama, Dan Raven, starring Skip Homeier, aired on NBC during calendar year 1960 set on Sunset Strip. Dan Raven featured several celebrities appearing as themselves, including Bobby Darin, Marty Ingels, Paul Anka; the 1979 film Hardcore had scenes from Sunset Strip when George C. Scott's character Jake Van Dorn flew to Los Angeles to find his missing teenage daughter.
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip was a behind-the-scenes television drama of a late-night comedy sketch show performed at a fictional theater on Sunset Strip. Premiering on January 27, 2006, in Los Angeles at Vanguard Hollywood, the Rock of Ages stage production inspired the 2012 film of the same name, its story line is centered along Sunset Strip in 1987. The 2010 film Burlesque is set at a fictional neo-Burlesque club on Sunset Strip. Los Angeles-based artist Edward Ruscha created the artist's book Every Building on the Sunset Strip in 1966. BibliographyChick, Steve. Spray Paint the Walls: The Story of Black Flag. Omnibus Press. P. 51. ISBN 978-0-857-12064-9. Dickey, Jeff. Rough Guide to Los Angeles. Rough Guides. ISBN 978-1-843-53058-9. Official Website of The Sunset Strip
The guitar is a fretted musical instrument that has six strings. It is played with both hands by strumming or plucking the strings with either a guitar pick or the finger/fingernails of one hand, while fretting with the fingers of the other hand; the sound of the vibrating strings is projected either acoustically, by means of the hollow chamber of the guitar, or through an electrical amplifier and a speaker. The guitar is a type of chordophone, traditionally constructed from wood and strung with either gut, nylon or steel strings and distinguished from other chordophones by its construction and tuning; the modern guitar was preceded by the gittern, the vihuela, the four-course Renaissance guitar, the five-course baroque guitar, all of which contributed to the development of the modern six-string instrument. There are three main types of modern acoustic guitar: the classical guitar, the steel-string acoustic guitar, the archtop guitar, sometimes called a "jazz guitar"; the tone of an acoustic guitar is produced by the strings' vibration, amplified by the hollow body of the guitar, which acts as a resonating chamber.
The classical guitar is played as a solo instrument using a comprehensive finger-picking technique where each string is plucked individually by the player's fingers, as opposed to being strummed. The term "finger-picking" can refer to a specific tradition of folk, blues and country guitar playing in the United States; the acoustic bass guitar is a low-pitched instrument, one octave below a regular guitar. Electric guitars, introduced in the 1930s, use an amplifier and a loudspeaker that both makes the sound of the instrument loud enough for the performers and audience to hear, given that it produces an electric signal when played, that can electronically manipulate and shape the tone using an equalizer and a huge variety of electronic effects units, the most used ones being distortion and reverb. Early amplified guitars employed a hollow body, but solid wood guitars began to dominate during the 1960s and 1970s, as they are less prone to unwanted acoustic feedback "howls"; as with acoustic guitars, there are a number of types of electric guitars, including hollowbody guitars, archtop guitars and solid-body guitars, which are used in rock music.
The loud, amplified sound and sonic power of the electric guitar played through a guitar amp has played a key role in the development of blues and rock music, both as an accompaniment instrument and performing guitar solos, in many rock subgenres, notably heavy metal music and punk rock. The electric guitar has had a major influence on popular culture; the guitar is used in a wide variety of musical genres worldwide. It is recognized as a primary instrument in genres such as blues, country, folk, jota, metal, reggae, rock and many forms of pop. Before the development of the electric guitar and the use of synthetic materials, a guitar was defined as being an instrument having "a long, fretted neck, flat wooden soundboard, a flat back, most with incurved sides." The term is used to refer to a number of chordophones that were developed and used across Europe, beginning in the 12th century and in the Americas. A 3,300-year-old stone carving of a Hittite bard playing a stringed instrument is the oldest iconographic representation of a chordophone and clay plaques from Babylonia show people playing an instrument that has a strong resemblance to the guitar, indicating a possible Babylonian origin for the guitar.
The modern word guitar, its antecedents, has been applied to a wide variety of chordophones since classical times and as such causes confusion. The English word guitar, the German Gitarre, the French guitare were all adopted from the Spanish guitarra, which comes from the Andalusian Arabic قيثارة and the Latin cithara, which in turn came from the Ancient Greek κιθάρα. Which comes from the Persian word "sihtar"; this pattern of naming is visible in setar and sitar. The word "tar" at the end of all of these words is a Persian word that means "string". Many influences are cited as antecedents to the modern guitar. Although the development of the earliest "guitars" is lost in the history of medieval Spain, two instruments are cited as their most influential predecessors, the European lute and its cousin, the four-string oud. At least two instruments called "guitars" were in use in Spain by 1200: the guitarra latina and the so-called guitarra morisca; the guitarra morisca had a rounded back, wide fingerboard, several sound holes.
The guitarra Latina had a narrower neck. By the 14th century the qualifiers "moresca" or "morisca" and "latina" had been dropped, these two cordophones were referred to as guitars; the Spanish vihuela, called in Italian the "viola da mano", a guitar-like instrument of the 15th and 16th centuries, is considered to have been the single most important influence in the development of the baroque guitar. It had six courses, lute-like tuning in fourths and a guitar-like body, although early representations reveal an instrument with a cut waist, it was larger than the contemporary four-course guitars. By the 16th century, the vihuela's construction had more in common with the modern guitar, with its curved one-piece ribs, than with the viols, more like a larger version of the contemporary four-course guita
The 2000s was a decade of the Gregorian calendar that began on January 1, 2000, ended on December 31, 2009. The growth of the Internet contributed to globalization during the decade, which allowed faster communication among people around the world; the economic growth of the 2000s had considerable social and mass extinction consequences, raised demand for diminishing energy resources. Economic growth was still vulnerable, however, as demonstrated by the financial crisis of 2007–08. In the English-speaking world, a name for the decade was never universally accepted in the same manner as for decades such as the'80s, the'90s, etc. Orthographically, the decade can be written as the "2000s" or the "'00s". Common suggestions for referring to this decade: "2000s", "Two-thousands", "Twenty Hundreds", "Twenty-ohs", "00s", "the Noughties", "the Noughts", "the Aughts", "the Aughties", "the Oughties". Other suggestions from 45 countries suggest the "double nothings", "zilches", "oh-zone", "oh-something".
When the "20–" is dropped, the individual years within the decade are referred to as starting with an "oh", such as "oh-seven" to refer to the year 2007. During the decade of the 2000s, it was more common to hear years referred to starting with "two-thousand" rather than "twenty-oh". Starting around the middle of the 2010s, it became more common to refer to the individual years of the previous decade as "twenty-oh-seven" or "twenty-oh-eight" than it had been during the 2000s, although the "two thousand" pattern is still far more common; the War on Terror and War in Afghanistan began after the September 11 attacks in 2001. The International Criminal Court was formed in 2002. A United States-led coalition invaded Iraq, the Iraq War led to the end of Saddam Hussein's rule as Iraqi President and the Ba'ath Party in Iraq. Al-Qaeda and affiliated Islamist militant groups performed terrorist acts throughout the decade; these acts included the 2004 Madrid train bombings, 7/7 London bombings in 2005, the Mumbai attacks related to al-Qaeda in 2008.
The European Union expanded its sanctions amid Iran's failure to comply with its transparency obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and United Nations resolutions. The War on Terror generated extreme controversy around the world, with questions regarding the justification for certain U. S. actions leading to a loss of support for the American government, both in and outside the United States. Additional armed conflict occurred in the Middle East, including between Israel and Hezbollah with Israel and Hamas; the greatest loss of life due to natural disaster came from the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, which caused a tsunami that killed around one quarter-million people and displaced well over a million others. Cooperative international rescue missions by many countries from around the world helped in efforts by the most affected nations to rebuild and recover from the devastation. An enormous loss of life and property value came in 2005, when Hurricane Katrina flooded nearly the entire city of New Orleans.
The resulting political fallout was damaging to the George W. Bush administration because of its perceived failure to act promptly and effectively. In 2008, Barack Obama was elected President of the United States and became the first African-American U. S. president when he succeeded Bush in 2009. The most prominent terrorist attacks committed against civilian population during the decade include: September 11 attacks in New York City. C.. S. and its allies as terrorist from posing a threat to the U. S. and its allies, by putting an end to state sponsorship of terrorism. The campaigns were launched by the United States, with support from NATO and other allies, following the September 11 attacks that were carried out by al-Qaeda. Today the term has become associated with Bush administration-led wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. War in Afghanistan – In 2001, the United States, the United Kingdom, Spain and Australia invaded Afghanistan seeking to oust the Taliban and find al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden.
In 2011, the US government claimed Navy Seals had buried his body at sea. Fatalities of coalition troops: 1,553. Iraq War – In 2003, the United States, the United Kingdom, Spain and Poland invaded and occupied Iraq. Claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction at its disposal were found to be unproven; the war, which ended the rule of Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath Party led to violence against the coalition forces and between many Sunni and Shia Iraqi groups, to al-Qaeda operations in Iraq. Casualties of the Iraq War: Approximately 110,600 between March 2003 to April 2009. Hussein was sentenced to death and hanged on December 30, 2006. Arab -- Israeli conflict 2006 Lebanon War -- took place in northern Israel; the principal parties were Hezbollah paramilitary forces and the Israeli milita
BBMak are an English pop group consisting of Mark Barry, Christian Burns and Stephen McNally. Together they sold three million albums and had hit singles worldwide between 1999 and 2003 when they disbanded; the band guest starred on ABC's All My Children in 2000 and Disney's Even Stevens in 2001. They featured on many movie soundtracks. In 1999, when the group's debut single "Back Here" was released, it made it into the Top 40 in the United Kingdom. BBMak's debut album, Sooner or Later, was released in 2000 and sold over one million copies, giving the re-release of "Back Here" more publicity and the single climbed to No. 5 on the UK Singles Chart, No. 13 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, No. 1 for 11 weeks on the US adult contemporary chart. The UK single included the group's rendition of the Extreme song "More Than Words", showcasing the band's rich harmony skills; the band's next single, "Still on Your Side", reached No. 8 in the UK and No. 54 in the US. BBMak closed that year with a sold out 26 date US concert tour and a live performance on MTV's Times Square New Year's Eve special.
In 2001, BBMak released a DVD called Sooner or Later: Our First Year in America and their third single, "Ghost of You and Me", peaked at No. 8 on the US adult contemporary chart. In July 2001, BBMak had the track "Miss You More" featured on the soundtrack to The Princess Diaries; that year in October, Christian Burns' vocals were featured along with those of'N Sync's Lance Bass and Joey Fatone, Mandy Moore and True Vibe on the single "On the Line" for the film of the same name. The song "Don't Look Down" was featured on the On the Line soundtrack; the "Out of Reach" track from the album Into Your Head appeared in a season 2 episode of the hit TV series Lizzie McGuire. The band contributed a song titled "Always Know Where You Are" to Disney's Treasure Planet soundtrack in 2002. BBMak covered the song "Do You Believe in Magic" for Disney's Peter Pan sequel, Return to Never Land, which had great success in North America. In August 2002, BBMak released their second album titled Into Your Head, which reintroduced the group with more emphasis on harmonies.
The album reached No. 25 on the Billboard 200. The first single from it, "Out of My Heart," peaked at No. 56 on the Hot 100 chart and No. 25 on the adult contemporary chart. In 2003, their next single "Staring Into Space" was released in select countries. On March 29, 2018, Christian Burns confirmed. On April 1, 2018, the group uploaded a video to Facebook of a performance of their first single, "Back Here". Mark Barry confirmed that the band is going out on a worldwide tour and is getting back in the studio this year to work on a new pop rock album. On December 17, 2018, the band announced that their next album would be released on April 26, 2019, that their first single would be released on February. A tour that same year would follow. Mark Barry – vocals Christian Burns – vocals, rhythm guitar Stephen McNally – vocals, lead guitar "Back Here" *UK & US version Directed by Dani Jacobs "Still on Your Side" *UK version Directed by Dani Jacobs "Ghost of You and Me" *Directed by Nigel Dick "Out of My Heart" *Directed by Katie Bell "Staring into Space" *Directed by Katie Bell "Baby Got Back " *Directed by Katie Bell 2001 - Music in High Places: Live In Vietnam 2001 - Sooner or Later: Our First Year in America 2002 - Out of My Heart
Angus McKinnon Young is an Australian guitarist, best known as the co-founder, lead guitarist and only constant member of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC. He is known for his energetic performances, schoolboy-uniform stage outfits and his own version of Chuck Berry's duckwalk. Young was ranked 24th in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 greatest guitarists of all-time list. In 2003, Young and the other members of AC/DC were inducted into the Roll Hall of Fame. William Young and his family lived at 6 Skerryvore Road in the Cranhill district of Glasgow in Scotland. William worked first as a wheel boy in a rope works and as a machine / saw operator in an asbestos / cement business. In 1940 William joined the Royal Air Force serving in World War 2 as a flight engine mechanic. After the war William worked as a yard man for a builder and as a postman, his wife Margaret was a housewife. The'big freeze' of 1963 was the worst winter on record in Scotland with snow eight feet deep. A TV advertisement at the same time offered assisted travel for families for a different life in Australia.
15 members of the Young family left Scotland by aeroplane in late June 1963 including fifth son and younger brothers and Angus. Aboard were his eldest brother Stephen, his only sister, Mrs Margaret Horsburgh and brother, William Jr. Another elder brother, stayed in the UK, was a member of London-based group, Grapefruit. A final brother, John Young, had migrated to Australia separately. Malcolm described the family's musical background, "All the males in our family played, the oldest played accordion and John were the first couple to play guitar, being older it was sort of passed down to George myself Angus." His oldest brother Stevie was the father of Stevie Young who in years took over from Malcolm in AC/DC. Staying at Villawood Migrant Hostel in Nissen huts, George Young met and became friends with another migrant, Harry Vanda; the Young family moved into a semi detached house at 4 Burleigh Street in the Sydney suburb of Burwood. Angus Young dropped out of Ashfield Boys High School at age 15.
Young first started re-strung with six strings. He first started playing guitar on a cheap acoustic model purchased second-hand by his mother, his first Gibson SG was bought second-hand around 1970 from a music shop just down the street from his home: I got out and got a Gibson SG that I played until it got wood rot because so much sweat and water got into it. The whole neck warped. I bought it second-hand, it had a real thin neck slim, like a Custom neck. It was dark brown. Both Angus and Malcolm Young were in a band with their brother George and his music partner Harry Vanda called Marcus Hook Roll Band; the project released. Prior to forming AC/DC, Angus Young played in a local group called Kantuckee. Kantuckee's line-up included Angus Young, Jon Stevens and Trevor James; the band split and was called Tantrum with the following line up: Mark Sneddon, Angus Young, Jon Stevens and Trevor James. Angus Young was 18 when he and older brother Malcolm formed AC/DC in 1973. Angus was on lead guitar, Malcolm on rhythm guitar, Colin Burgess on drums, Larry Van Kriedt on bass guitar and Dave Evans on vocals.
"Can I Sit Next To You Girl," their first single, was re-recorded with Bon Scott as their vocalist. They decided upon the name AC/DC after seeing the letters "AC/DC" on the back of their sister Margaret's sewing machine. Young tried a number of stage costumes, such as Spider-Man, Zorro, a gorilla, a parody of Superman, named Super-Ang, before settling on his signature schoolboy look at the suggestion of his sister. To match this image the press and public were told that Young was born in 1959, not 1955; the original uniform was created by his sister Margaret and when it fell apart from wear and tear, he used his uniform from Ashfield Boys High School in Sydney. "I don't like to play below people's heads. I just like to get up in front of a crowd and rip it up." AC/DC released their debut album, High Voltage, on 17 February 1975. Over the next three years AC/DC cemented themselves as a popular hard rock act in Australia, with the follow-up albums, T. N. T. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Let There Be Powerage.
All their albums until this point were produced by Young's brother George in partnership with Harry Vanda. Their 1979 studio album, Highway to Hell, became their best-selling at the time and launched them to new heights of fame. Months after this, Scott died from alcohol poisoning. Questions were raised as to. Young and his other bandmates soon decided they should finish the work they had begun for their new album, so they recruited ex-Geordie singer Brian Johnson to replace Scott. Five months Back in Black was released as a tribute to Scott, it became a huge success, far outselling any of their previous albums, going on to reach 22x multi-platinum in the US alone, selling 50 million copies, the second highest-selling album worldwide, behind only Michael Jackson's Thriller. AC/DC's next album, For Those About to Rock We Salute You, cemented their position as the most popular hard rock act of the time. AC/DC's popularity declined with their next three albums, Flick of th
Robert Anthony Plant is an English singer and musician, best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the rock band Led Zeppelin. Plant is regarded as one of the greatest vocalists in the history of rock music. Plant enjoyed great success with Led Zeppelin throughout the 1970s and developed a compelling image as the charismatic rock-and-roll front man, similar to contemporaries such as Roger Daltrey of the Who, Freddie Mercury of Queen, Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones and Jim Morrison of the Doors. With his mane of long blond hair and powerful, bare-chested appearance, Plant helped to create the "god of rock and roll" or "rock god" archetype. Although Led Zeppelin dissolved in 1980, Plant collaborated with Jimmy Page on various projects through this period, including forming a short-lived all-star group with Page and Jeff Beck in 1984, called the Honeydrippers, they released an album called The Honeydrippers: Volume One, the band had a No. 3 hit with a remake of the Phil Phillips' tune "Sea of Love", plus a follow-up hit with a cover of Roy Brown's "Rockin' at Midnight".
A powerful and wide vocal range has given him a successful singing career spanning over 50 years. In 2008, Rolling Stone editors ranked him number 15 on their list of the 100 best singers of all time. In 2011, Rolling Stone readers ranked Plant the greatest of all lead singers. In 2006, magazine Hit Parader named Plant the "Greatest Metal Vocalist of All Time". In 2009, Plant was voted "the greatest voice in rock" in a poll conducted by Planet Rock. Robert Anthony Plant was born on 20 August 1948, in the Black Country town of West Bromwich, England, to Robert C. Plant, a qualified civil engineer who worked in the Royal Air Force during World War II, Annie Celia Plant, a Romanichal woman, he grew up in Worcestershire. Plant gained an interest in roll music at an early age; when I was a kid I used to hide behind the curtains at home at Christmas and I used to try and be Elvis. There was a certain ambience between the curtains and the French windows, there was a certain sound there for a ten-year-old.
That was all the ambience I got at ten years old... I think! And I always wanted to be a curtain, a bit similar to that, he left King Edward VI Grammar School for Boys in Stourbridge in his mid-teens and developed a strong passion for the blues through his admiration for Willie Dixon, Robert Johnson and early rendition of songs in this genre. I suppose I was quite interested in Romano-British history. I was a little grammar school boy and I could hear this kind of calling through the airwaves, he abandoned training as a chartered accountant after only two weeks to attend college in an effort to gain more GCE passes and to become part of the English Midlands blues scene. "I left home at 16", he said, "and I started my real education musically, moving from group to group, furthering my knowledge of the blues and of other music which had weight and was worth listening to". Plant's early blues influences included Johnson, Bukka White, Skip James, Jerry Miller, Sleepy John Estes. Plant had various jobs while pursuing his music career, one of, working for the major British construction company Wimpey in Birmingham in 1967 laying tarmac on roads.
He worked at Woolworth's in Halesowen town for a short period of time. He cut three obscure singles on CBS Records and sang with a variety of bands, including the Crawling King Snakes, which brought him into contact with drummer John Bonham, they both went on merging blues with newer psychedelic trends. In 1968, guitarist Jimmy Page was in search of a lead singer for his new band and met Plant after being turned down by his first choice, Terry Reid, who referred him to a show at a teacher training college in Birmingham. In front of Page, Plant sang Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody to Love", leading Page to the end of his search; as recalled by Plant and Page:Plant: I was appearing at this college when Peter and Jimmy turned up and asked me if I'd like to join the Yardbirds. I knew the Yardbirds had done a lot of work in America – which to me meant audiences who would want to know what I might have to offer – so I was interested. Page: When I auditioned him and heard him sing, I thought there must be something wrong with him personality-wise or that he had to be impossible to work with, because I just could not understand why, after he told me he'd been singing for a few years he hadn't become a big name yet.
So I had him down to my place for a little while, just to sort of check him out, we got along great. No problems. With a shared passion for music and Page developed a strong relationship, began their writing collaboration with reworkings of earlier blues songs. Plant received no songwriting credits on the band's first album because he was still under contract to CBS Records at the time. Plant brought along John Bonham as drummer, they were joined by John Paul Jones, who had worked with Page as a studio musician. Jones called Page on the phone before they checked out Plant, Page hired Jones immediately. Dubbed the "New Yardbirds" in 1968, the band soon came to be known as Led Zeppelin; the band's eponymous debut album hit the charts in 1969 and is credited as a catalyst for the heavy metal genre. Plant has commented that it is unfair for people to think of Zeppelin as heavy metal, as a third of their music was acoustic. In 1969, Led Zeppelin I was released; this was the bands' first album. Plant stated that "During Led Zeppelin I, as far as I was concerned I thought that I was g