The Honeydripperswas a rock band of the 1980's with Robert Plant (former Led Zeppelin lead singer) formed the group in 1981. Robert wanted to form a band which performed a heavy R&B style of music. Other members of the group were, Jimmy Page (guitar player and also a former Led Zeppelin member), Jeff Beck (guitar player and former member of the Yardbirds), Robbie Blunt (guitar), Andy Sylvester (guitar), Brian Setzer (guitar), Jim Hickman (bass), Kevin OíNeil (drums), Ricky Cool (harmonica), Keith Evans (saxophone), Paul Shaffer (keyboard and piano), and Nile Rodgers.
The Honeydrippers only released one EP on November 12, 1984 and called it The Honeydrippers: Volume One. The group had one Top 10 hit with, Sea Of Love, a remake of a tune by Phil Phillips. They also had another Top 30 hit called, Rockin At Midnight. The band had plans to release an album after they were successful with their EP but it never materialized. They appeared on Saturday Night Live on December 15, 1984, and performed the songs, Rockin At Midnight, and Santa Claus Is Back In Town. On December 23, 2006, Robert Plant performed for a charity show in Kidderminster Town Hall. The performance was called, The return of The Honeydrippers. The performance was to raise money for a neighbor of Robertís who was being treated for a brain tumor. Robert Plant made an appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2006 to honor Ahmet Ertegun. The two had discussed the possibility of a new album release in 2007 for the Honeydrippers, but it never happened. After the death of Ahmet Ertegun, Robert Plant says that a new album is unlikely. This is one of those instances when time will tell. Who knows, maybe they will change their minds and record another album.
The Honeydrippers did not succeed far but they will be remembered by some fans. There are many bands that come and go like this and some never become successful at all so they can at least be thankful for the chance and the success that they did have for a short while.
There is also a song which was called, The Honeydripper. Perhaps this is where the band got their name. The song was a R&B song by Joe Liggins which topped the Billboard R&B chart for 18 weeks in 1945 and 1946. This was said to be the earliest R&B style hit and was considered to be a part of the early beginnings of rock and roll style music. The sone reached number 13 on the Billboard pop chart. Liggins claims that her wrote the song in 1942 while he was playing the piano in Los Angeles with the California Rhythm Rascals. Liggins could not convince his bandleader to record the song so he formed his own group and released the record. It was an immediate hit.
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