Carmen Plant

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Carmen Jane Plant (born 21 October 1968) is the daughter of Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant. Carmen Plant was born in Birmingham, England. She is the first child and only daughter to Robert and Maureen Plant (née Wilson).

Career

During the 1970s, she attended the Elmfield Rudolf Steiner School in Stourbridge, West Midlands.

Carmen Plant can be briefly heard giggling in the background on an out-take of 'Bron-Y-Aur Stomp'.[1] The Led Zeppelin song 'The Ocean' composed in 1972, contains a line in the lyric dedicated to her:

'I'm singin' all my songs to the girl who won my heart.
She's only three years old but its a real fine way to start'.

Plant changed the line to four the next year when playing the song live. Carmen Plant also appeared uncredited in the Led Zeppelin 1976 film The Song Remains the Same, at the Plant family's Welsh country farm originally filmed in 1973.

She was also a passenger in Robert and Maureen Plant's car involved in a road accident on the Greek island of Rhodes on 4 August 1975.[2] The Plant family were seriously injured when their hired Austin Mini skidded off the road and collided with a tree. In the back-seat, Carmen suffered a broken wrist, cuts and bruises. In 1977, Carmen also became ill with the same stomach enteritis which took the life of her younger brother Karac Plant.[3]

On 21 November 1989, Led Zeppelin reformed with Jason Bonham on drums, for Carmen's 21st birthday party at Hen & Chickens public house in Oldbury, West Midlands. They performed 'Trampled Under Foot', 'Misty Mountain Hop', and 'Rock and Roll', with Chris Blackwell and Phil Johnstone in support. The Nashville Teens and Jimmy Page's daughter Scarlet Page, were also in attendance.[4]

Carmen Plant was married to Jimmy Page and Robert Plant's bass player Charlie Jones (born 1963), at St. Peter's Church, on 18 May 1991. Their wedding reception was held in a series of marquees at Robert's farm at Kidderminster.[5] Roy Harper's song 'Evening Star' was written for Carmen for the occasion. Jones is not related to musician John Paul Jones. They have three children, their eldest a daughter named Sunny Plant-Jones (born 1993). The family now lives in Bath, Somerset.

Plant works as a professional dancer and teaches belly-dancing and ethnic dancing. She was tutored in belly-dancing by Serena Ramzy, wife of Hossam Ramzy who performed in Page and Plant's No Quarter Middle Eastern orchestra. Carmen Plant has appeared at the Rivermead Womad Music Festival, Glastonbury Festival, and with the Babylon Arabic Ensemble.

References

  1. Hoskyns, Barney (2006). Led Zeppelin IV. New York, NY: Rodale, 56. ISBN 978-1-59486-370-7. OCLC 70698921. 
  2. Shadwick, Keith (2005). “Unforseen Circumstances”, Led Zeppelin: The Story of a Band and Their Music: 1968-1980. London: Omnibus Press, 243. ISBN 978-0-87930-871-1. OCLC 224513955. 
  3. Mylett, Howard (1981). Led Zeppelin. London: Granada, 169. ISBN 978-0-586-04390-5. OCLC 463589001. 
  4. Lewis, Dave; Simon Pallett (2005). Led Zeppelin: The Concert File, Revised. London: Omnibus Press, 340. ISBN 978-1-84449-659-4. OCLC 64083054. 
  5. Lewis, Dave (2003). Led Zeppelin: The 'Tight but Loose' Files: Celebration II. London: Omnibus Press, 166. ISBN 978-1844-49056-1.