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#1617170 - 06/14/19 08:02 PM Do you think this weird British novelty pop singer inspired Robert Plant?
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#1617177 - 06/14/19 09:22 PM Re: Do you think this weird British novelty pop singer inspired Robert Plant? [Re: Xenophile]
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Whitcomb is best known for the falsetto hit, "You Turn Me On." Many years later, he became very interested in pop music history, writing the book, "After the Ball." He did several albums of oldies and novelty songs featuring the tiple, or double ukulele.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjCxo9BX1C4

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#1617186 - 06/14/19 10:34 PM Re: Do you think this weird British novelty pop singer inspired Robert Plant? [Re: Eric Collins]
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No.
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#1617193 - 06/15/19 12:32 AM Re: Do you think this weird British novelty pop singer inspired Robert Plant? [Re: Doofie]
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No.

I’ll bet you didn’t make it to the 2nd chorus. About 5 years before Plant started doing his crazy falsetto stuff. This guy seems to have been an influence on Eric Idle, too. Check his Robinson Crusoe novelty tune.
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#1617214 - 06/15/19 06:35 AM Re: Do you think this weird British novelty pop singer inspired Robert Plant? [Re: Xenophile]
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Page gave Bobby a swift kick in the nuts one day for acting like such a fem, and the intro to Immigrant Song was birthed!
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#1617217 - 06/15/19 07:16 AM Re: Do you think this weird British novelty pop singer inspired Robert Plant? [Re: fabulousthunderbird]
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Yep, I did. Still think no. But I've been wrong before.

Once. \:\)
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#1617222 - 06/15/19 09:29 AM Re: Do you think this weird British novelty pop singer inspired Robert Plant? [Re: fabulousthunderbird]
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 Originally Posted By: fabulousthunderbird
Page gave Bobby a swift kick in the nuts one day for acting like such a fem, and the intro to Immigrant Song was birthed!



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#1617304 - 06/15/19 05:45 PM Re: Do you think this weird British novelty pop singer inspired Robert Plant? [Re: Webster]
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I always thought Plant was emulating Janis Joplin in his early career.
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#1617344 - 06/16/19 12:31 AM Re: Do you think this weird British novelty pop singer inspired Robert Plant? [Re: WRC,Jr.]
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Plant started playing in bands when he was 15 or 16, like most of us. That was 1963-64. Everybody cites Elvis as an early influence. Janice didn’t appear until about ‘67. Who started the high-pitched “hunka-hunka burnin’ love” thing?

Is there a rock and roll musicologist in the house?


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#1617346 - 06/16/19 12:41 AM Re: Do you think this weird British novelty pop singer inspired Robert Plant? [Re: Xenophile]
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This aired in 1966. His record with both those songs was released in ‘65.
https://youtu.be/xu5UTQYr7Lg
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#1617347 - 06/16/19 12:44 AM Re: Do you think this weird British novelty pop singer inspired Robert Plant? [Re: Xenophile]
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“My name is Ian Whitcomb, and I... pretend to sing.”
\:D
Eric Idle... anyone?


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#1617352 - 06/16/19 01:49 AM Re: Do you think this weird British novelty pop singer inspired Robert Plant? [Re: Xenophile]
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Plant obviously had a lot of American blues influences but after listening to the vid you linked to, Xeno, I'd have to think he probably was. I mean, the similarities seem too uncanny to be coincidence. I'd never heard of Ian Witcomb before but now i won't forget him.

Thanks for the link and question. At this point, I'm with you.
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#1617355 - 06/16/19 02:32 AM Re: Do you think this weird British novelty pop singer inspired Robert Plant? [Re: MadGuitrst]
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I remember hearing this one when I was a kid. Again Eric Idle...

https://youtu.be/X8HDsWJilq8
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#1617356 - 06/16/19 02:35 AM Re: Do you think this weird British novelty pop singer inspired Robert Plant? [Re: Xenophile]
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#1617384 - 06/16/19 12:49 PM Re: Do you think this weird British novelty pop singer inspired Robert Plant? [Re: Xenophile]
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Eric Idle too!
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#1617392 - 06/16/19 03:48 PM Re: Do you think this weird British novelty pop singer inspired Robert Plant? [Re: MadGuitrst]
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Steve Marriott is who inspired plant, he said so.
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#1617394 - 06/16/19 03:56 PM Re: Do you think this weird British novelty pop singer inspired Robert Plant? [Re: gonzo]
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 Originally Posted By: gonzo
Steve Marriott is who inspired plant, he said so.

Okay, but did you watch that video? Interesting, for sure.
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#1617460 - 06/17/19 12:05 AM Re: Do you think this weird British novelty pop singer inspired Robert Plant? [Re: gonzo]
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Steve Marriott is who inspired plant, he said so.

It’s safe to say that Plant likely had more than one influence.
But Marriott definitely didn’t just “pretend to sing!”
https://youtu.be/xw3PZHn9XA8
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