Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Worth Another Listen - The Honeydrippers

In the early 1980s, Ahmet Ertegün, founder and president of Atlantic Records, was aware how both he and former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant had an appreciation of the rock and soul music of the 50s, lead to the release of The Honeydrippers on and only EP, ironically entitled Volume One.

Robert put together an amazing list of musicians to work on the five-song EP. They were Plant, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Robbie Blunt, Brian Setzer, Andy Silvester, Wayne Terry, Jim Hickman, Kevin O'Neill, Ricky Cool, Keith Evans, Paul Shaffer and Nile Rodgers, some of the top names in music of the day. The album was released in 1984, and made it to #4 on the US Billboard Top 200. Two singles were released in total, and the first was Rockin' At Midnight, which reached #8 on the US Hot Rock Tracks chart. The song exemplifies the rockabilly/swing/rock sound the band was looking for.

The second release was the solid gold nugget, Sea Of Love. The video became a staple of MTV and video programs, as well as adult contemporary radio. It soared to #1 on the US AC chart, and #11 on the Hot Rock Tracks chart.

The Honeydrippers made a couple of appearances before they called it a day. Plant went on to his solo work, which had been interrupted for this project.


  1. Plant can sound great to anything - from metal to blues - he looks so hot in this video - with that blonde curly hair!

  2. SteveA, He can sing anything, and look amazing doing it.



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