Robert Plant Says Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, And Jimmy Page Shaped The Guitar


Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant recently spoke on a radio interview about his earlier interests in music and how he entered the scene with his interest in Chicago, Mississippi, and Delta blues. He talked about his admiration towards the music of The Stones and continued by admiring musicians like Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, and his former bandmate Jimmy Page.

Plant was the vocalist of Led Zeppelin from 1968 to 1980 until the band broke up following their drummer John Bonham’s death. Led Zeppelin was a huge success and influence while it lasted and was known as the leader of hard rock and heavy metal. Robert Plant contributed to their influence with his powerful voice and strong stage appearance. He quickly started being considered an icon like Mick Jagger, Jim Morrison, and Freddie Mercury.

Like many other acknowledged singers, he was also inspired by other musicians before developing his own singing style. One of them was Mick Jagger, and he talked about his favorite songs in the recent interview. However, he moved on to reveal something else; his opinions on the guitar players who contributed to the development of the instrument.

He stated that Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, and Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page were the three musicians that helped shape the guitar during the mid and late ’60s, and their influence lasted for a long time. He appreciated the song ‘I Ain’t Superstitious’ by Howlin’ Wolf covered by Jeff Beck. With his cover, the song was included in 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time by Rolling Stone in 1968.

Here is what Plant said:

“Many of us were kind of on a mod circuit which we would be traveling around playing in these various clubs in Watford, Brighton, all over the country. It was what you’d loosely call sub pop, and Rod had been in a band called Steampacket with Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger, and Long John Baldry.

At this stage in the proceedings, Jeff Beck, who is along with Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton, part of these three guys that shaped the guitar from the mid to late 60s for a long time. Rod Stewart was at the front of this little celebration. Yet again, it’s another song that came out of Chicago, it’s a Howlin’ Wolf song called ‘I Ain’t Superstitious.’

Between Rod and Jeff, they really killed it. When Led Zeppelin first went to America, they were playing, and they were just out of this world, they were really amazing.”

You can watch his interview below.