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Jan

The Honeydrippers – Volume One (1985) – Lp

The Honeydrippers were a rock and roll band of the 1980s, deriving their name from Roosevelt Sykes, an American blues singer also known as “Honeydripper”. Former Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant formed the group in 1981 to satisfy his long-time goal in having a rock band with a heavy rhythm and blues basis.

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Artist:  The Honeydrippers
Title:  Volume One
Year:  1985
Format:  LP
Label:  Esparanza Records
Catalog#  ST-ES 845546

The Honeydrippers: Volume One is an EP released on 24 September 1984, by a band led by rock singer Robert Plant. The project originated when Atlantic Records president Ahmet Ertegün wanted to record an album of his favourite songs from the 1950s. Plant was chosen because Ertegün had seen his pick-up band the Honeydrippers performing 1950s standards. Included in the band were Chic front man Nile Rodgers, and former Yardbirds guitarists Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page—the latter was also Plant’s former band mate in Led Zeppelin.
To Plant’s horror, “Sea of Love” became his biggest-selling single. According to Plant, the original single was “Rockin’ at Midnight,” with “Sea of Love” as the “B” side. The single was eventually “flipped” because radio stations were playing “Sea of Love” far more than “Rockin’ at Midnight”. Plant feared his career would be ruined by this, and that people would think of him now as a “crooner”, instead of the rock and roll singer he’d always been As a result, when he would be asked about The Honeydrippers in years to come, Plant would refer to The Honeydrippers as having been “put to sleep.” “Rockin at Midnight” is a remake of the 1949 recording by Roy Brown, the song’s author, who wrote it as an answer record to his 1947 composition and recording, “Good Rockin’ Tonight”.

 

Side one
1.  I Get a Thrill  (2:37)
2.  Sea of Love  (3:01)
3.  I Got a Woman  (2:55)

Side two
1.  Young Boy Blues  (3:28)
2.  Rockin’ at Midnight  (5:55)

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