Robert Plant Calls Out Rock Icon For Terrible Singing

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Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant discussed Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun having a poor singing voice but a great ear for songs in a new episode of his podcast ‘Digging Deep.’ Alternative Nation reporter Mike Mazzarone transcribed his comments. Plant discussed his ‘thrilling’ first mini Led Zeppelin reunion with Jimmy Page on the show as well.

“So anyway, I used to go out with Ahmet, hang around, talking and I remember one night I went out with him and Phil Spector in New York. We were in a club somewhere and decided it was time to sing the outros to music from the late Fifites and early Sixties. We only sang the ends of the songs so you can only imagine how hysterical it would be. Ahmet didn’t have a great voice, but he knew all of those [songs.] The fade out of a forty-five in 1960 was when a singer could break away from a regular melody and disappear into this great, abstraction.”

Robert Plant will perform at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass this year with Kurt Vile & the Violators and Emmylou Harris at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on October 4-6.

The announcement was made on Thursday, Aug. 8, with a mystery medley posted to the Hardly Strictly website and mobile app, which had hints about artists playing the acclaimed music festival, before they announced the full lineup.

Mary Gauthier, Mandolin Orange, mariachi outfit Flor de Toloache, funk act Pimps of Joytime, the Wild Reeds, and country soul singer Yola are also set to perform. Jimmy Page revealed a few days ago how he was disrespected at a Robert Plant show.