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Robert Plant: Whole lotta luck I found rock and roll

By Samuel Burke and Phil Han
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Robert Plant: Lotta luck I found rock
  • Robert Plant says he owes his music career to luck and even better timing
  • Led Zeppelin frontman told CNN's Becky Anderson he got his appetite for rock aged 13
  • Led Zeppelin split in 1980, and since then Plant has had successful solo career

London, England (CNN) -- Former Led Zeppelin front man Robert Plant says he owes his career in rock and roll music to a bit of good luck and even better timing.

Plant told CNN's Becky Anderson that he first got his appetite for rock music at the age of 13 and that it was all by "default."

"I was looking for a way out as I was a grammar school boy and doing three hours of homework a night and at that time it was 1961," Plant said on Connect the World.

"You had Elvis telling us of another world. I don't know how much more expressive you can get than being a rock and roll singer."

Plant went on to say that although he was interested in trigonometry and foreign languages, he could not have chosen a path in life that didn't include music.

The 62-year-old musician said his new album, called "Band of Joy," was not difficult to make at all. "Each record, if it involves different personalities, will take a different color and a different time," Plant said.

"I think with this particular combination of players and singers, the results were very quick. It felt very fast and fluent.

"It was probably the easiest record I've made since I was a child."

Plant helped define the rock music generation with a string of unforgettable songs including "Stairway to Heaven" and "Whole Lotta Love."

Led Zeppelin split in 1980, and since then Plant went on to have a successful solo career.

Plant also told Anderson that his most memorable concert was in the small west African country of Mali.

"To actually sing my songs in and amongst that environment, amongst those people and to see the effect of it -- you know music has no boundaries," Plant said.

"There's no need for any common language."