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Robert Plant, You Shook Me, October 10, 1969, L'Olympia Music Hall, Paris, France
General Specs
Years in use: 1964-Present
Legendary harp players like Lead Belly, James Cotton, Sonny Boy Williamson and Sonny Terry drew Robert Plant to the Delta Blues and the early bands that he formed or joined, such as New Memphis Bluesbreakers, Sounds Of Blue, Delta Blues Band, Black Snake Moan and The Crawling King Snakes, were blues-based. Robert Plant even jammed with bluesman Alexis Korner in June 1968, recording a track called Operator, with Robert sharing harmonica/lead vocal duties.

Plant brought the harmonica with him when he joined Led Zeppelin and it was featured on 7 total tracks, (You Shook Me [Plant does his best Sonny Terry impression, with the hoots interspersed within the harmonica parts], Bring It On Home [with an intentional nod to the original composer, Sonny Boy Williamson, Robert Plant recorded the vocals of intro section with a harp microphone through a combo amplifier], When The Levee Breaks [the harmonica was given the backwards echo treatment by Jimmy Page], Custard Pie [Plant joins in for an overdubbed layer on the last verse and outro section], Black Country Woman (featured in two solos) and Poor Tom [appeared on Coda, however recorded in May 1970].

Plant continued to play the harmonica on stage and in the studio during his solo career (Tie Dye On The Highway, Promised Land, Red Dress, Mighty ReArranger, Somewhere Trouble Don't Go).

A February 1971 article in the Sounds paper listed Robert Plant as playing M. Hohner Echo Super Vamper harmonicas.

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Robert Plant, You Shook Me, September 07, 1968, Egegård Skole, Box 45 Teen Club, Gladsaxe, Denmark
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Robert Plant & Robert Plant, May 30, 1969, Backstage at Fillmore East, New York City, New York
Harmonica
Led Zeppelin, You Shook Me, October 24, 1969, Backstage at Cleveland Public Hall, Cleveland, Ohio
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Robert Plant, October 10, 1969, L'Olympia Music Hall, Paris, France
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Led Zeppelin, Bring It On Home, January 24, 1970, University of Leeds, The Refectory, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
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Robert Plant, April 05, 1970, Baltimore Civic Center, Baltimore, Maryland
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Robert Plant, Nobody's Fault But Mine, June 22, 1977, The Forum, Inglewood, California
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Robert Plant, Nobody's Fault But Mine, July 17, 1977, The Kingdome, Seattle, Washington
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Robert Plant, Nobody's Fault But Mine, August 04, 1979, Knebworth House Grounds, Stevenage, England
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Robert Plant, Nobody's Fault But Mine, June 18, 1980, Köln Sporthalle, Köln, Germany
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Robert Plant, Nobody's Fault But Mine, June 29, 1980, Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland
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Robert Plant, Buddy Miller & Marco Giovino, Somewhere Trouble Don't Go, July 26, 2010, Austin, Texas. Photo by Amicitas
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M. Horner Echo Super Vamper Harmonica. Made in Germany
   
Microphones
Robert Plant, ca. 1975
General Specs
Years in use: 1963-Present
Robert Plant was originally at the mercy of the venue that he performed, using microphones of different qualities. He even sang through two microphones.

A February 1971 article in the Sounds paper listed Robert Plant as using Shure Unidyne IV 548SD Microphones. He was seen using the Unidynes through the 1975 Tour.

In 1973, Plant endorsed Shure Unisphere I (precessor of the SM58) and was seen singing through it on the 1973 US Tour.

On the 1977 US Tour, Robert Plant used a Shure SM58 microphone. It was later auctioned at liveauctioneers.com .

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Robert Plant, ca. 1975
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Shure Promotional Literature
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Shure Unidyne IV 548SD Microphone
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March 1974 Circus Magazine Advertisement
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Shure SM58 Microphone, signed and used by Robert Plant
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Robert Plant, ca. 1977
Tambourine
Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, Stairway To Heaven, February 29, 1972, Brisbane Festival Hall, Brisbane, Australia
General Specs
Years in use: 1970-Present
Robert Plant has used the tambourine like any other musician has, as a percussive layer of rhythmic accent, most notably live on stage for Stairway To Heaven.

A February 1971 article in the Sounds paper listed Robert Plant as playing Ludwig Tambourines.

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Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, September 19, 1970, Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
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Robert Plant, November 20, 1971, Wembley Empire Pool, London, England
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Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, February 20, 1972, Kooyong Stadium, Kooyong, Melbourne, Australia
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Robert Plant, February 20, 1972, Kooyong Stadium, Kooyong, Melbourne, Australia
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Robert Plant, February 27, 1972, Sydney Showground, Sydney, Australia
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Robert Plant, February 27, 1972, Sydney Showground, Sydney, Australia
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Led Zeppelin, Stairway To Heaven, February 29, 1972, Brisbane Festival Hall, Brisbane, Australia
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Led Zeppelin, Stairway To Heaven, February 29, 1972, Brisbane Festival Hall, Brisbane, Australia
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Led Zeppelin, Stairway To Heaven, February 29, 1972, Brisbane Festival Hall, Brisbane, Australia
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Robert Plant & John Paul Jones, June 15, 1972, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York
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Robert Plant & John Paul Jones, May 28, 1973, San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, California
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Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, Stairway To Heaven, June 02, 1973, Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, California
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Led Zeppelin, Thank You, June 03, 1973, The Forum, Inglewood, California
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Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, Stairway To Heaven, January 11, 1975, Ahoy Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, Stairway To Heaven, February 12, 1975, Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
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Robert Plant, Stairway To Heaven, ca. May 1975
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Robert Plant, ca. May 1975
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Robert Plant, ca. 1977
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Led Zeppelin, Stairway To Heaven, May 18, 1977, Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center Arena, Birmingham, Alabama
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Led Zeppelin, Stairway To Heaven, June 26, 1977, The Forum, Inglewood, California
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Robert Plant, July 23, 1977, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California
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Robert Plant, June 18, 1980, Köln Sporthalle, Köln, Germany
Tambourine
Led Zeppelin, Stairway To Heaven, July 03, 1980, Eisstadion am Friedrichspark, Mannheim, Germany
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Led Zeppelin, Stairway To Heaven, July 07, 1980, Eissporthalle Jafféstraße, Berlin, Germany
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Robert Plant, July 21, 1982, Dominion Theatre, London, England
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Robert Plant & Justin Adams, March 17, 2005, Austin Music Hall, Austin, Texas
 
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October xx, 1968 - Led Zeppelin is recorded
October 19, 1968 - Final performance as the New Yardbirds
October 31, 1969 - Led Zeppelin II is released in the US
October 17, 1969 - Bonham is thrilled to play Carnegie Hall where Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa have performed
October 23, 1970 - Led Zeppelin III is released in the US
October xx, 1970 - The press lash out at the band over the Led Zeppelin III acoustic content
October xx, 1971 - Page and Plant venture around Thailand and India after the Japan tour
October 18, 1972 - Zeppelin rehearse at the Rainbow Theater for a UK tour
October xx, 1973 - Each member performs an individual film sequence for their concept film
October 31, 1974 - Swan Song hosts a party for the launch of its UK division
October xx, 1975 - Led Zeppelin decide not to tour and concentrate on recording new material
October 20, 1976 - The Song Remains The Same premieres at New York’s Cinema One
October xx, 1977 - Jimmy starts assembling a Led Zeppelin live album from recordings as far back as 1969
October xx, 1978 - Jones and Bonham record with Paul McCartney at Abbey Road Studios
October xx, 1978 - Rehearsals for In Through The Out Door in London
October xx, 1979 - All nine Led Zeppelin albums enter the Billboards Top 200 -- no other band has ever achieved this
October 10, 1980 - A private funeral is held for John Bonham at Rushock church in Worcestershire
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