Robert Plant Shares The Musician Who Was The Elvis Presley That Never Was

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Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant recently spoke in his Digging Deep podcast and revealed the musician who was the Elvis Presley that never was and whose songs he finds excellent.

Rockabilly emerged in the United States in the early 1950s as an early form of rock and roll music. The genre drew inspiration from the sounds of country music and rock music, primarily called rhythm and blues, when rockabilly emerged. The best-known examples of rockabilly music are the songs recorded by Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Burnette.

These and other rockabilly artists of the period rose to national stardom thanks to the success of their recordings. Thus, they also paved the way for rock and roll music to become a popular genre among the listeners and the industry in the following years. Rockabilly musicians massively influenced many of the most prominent figures of the rock scene, such as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page.

During a recent appearance, Robert Plant also referred to one of the most well-known names of the rockabilly, saying Charlie Feathers was the Elvis Presley that never was. Feathers tried to form his original version of rockabilly and gained greater recognition over time, although not initially credited much. In his lifetime, he had some claims about his vast role in Presley’s success, which were never proved. According to Plant, there were other notable singers at the time, yet he sets Charlie Feathers apart from the others and thinks he produced many great tracks.

Robert Plant’s words on Charlie Feathers:

Charlie Feathers was the Elvis that never was. He carried his blistering fury all the way through his career because he thought that was the case. He recorded with Sam Phillips on Sun Records. He and Mac Curtis, and a couple of other rockabilly guys, had it down. Rockabilly covers everything from Crazy Cavan, I suppose, but that’s rock and roll, but it was country singers would be dipping into trying to get into a younger market.

He was borderline, I guess, but there were a lot of people, some of these adventurers that all the country singers got into were not working, but Charlie Feathers, I suppose, might have been a couple of years older than Elvis. The bottom line was he had these tracks, and they were great.”

You can listen to the rest of the podcast below.