As a boy, Robert Plant marveled at the voices of Smokey Robinson and James Brown on the radio. Getty Images hide caption

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Robert Plant made his first commercial recordings in 1966. He formed the ground Band of Joy in 1967, with drummer John Bonham. Gregg Delman hide caption

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Robert Plant and Band Of Joy perform live at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City. Diana Wong for NPR hide caption

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Robert Plant's album is full of old-school rock, folk and blues, but it sounds fresh and expertly played. Gregg Delman hide caption

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