Unofficial ROBERT PLANT Biography Reveals Singer's Early Jobs

Paul Cole of icBirmingham reports that UK-based journalist Neil Daniels' unofficial book on LED ZEPPELIN's Robert Plant, "Robert Plant: Led Zeppelin, Jimmy Page & The Solo Years" (Independent Music Press), reveals some of the Black Country jobs Plant, now 59, took to make ends meet.

They included a stint at Woolworths in Halesowen, described as "mind-numbing and tedious", and laying Tarmac on the roads for construction firm Wimpey for which he earned "only a few tuppences an hour".

He worked as a production control manager in a steel factory but got the sack after a mix-up. "I ordered enough steel to keep three factories going for about a year," he admits ruefully.

Plant took classes in chartered accountancy at Kidderminster College but dropped out. After trying out all his best Elvis Presley moves in his bedroom, he joined a series of bands.

They included the DELTA BLUES BAND, SOUNDS OF BLUE, THE CRAWLING KING SNAKES, THE TENNESSEE TEENS, LISTEN, BAND OF JOY, HOBBSTWEEDLE and finally THE NEW YARDBIRDS, the group that became LED ZEPPELIN.

Read the entire article at icBirmingham.

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