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Memories are made of this…

The wonderful tribute to BP Fallon on the Miriam O’Callaghan programme on RTE Radio 1 with special guest Robert Plant talking about his friend.

BP recalls his childhood and bumpy schooldays, hiding on the Dublin to Liverpool boat to go see The Beatles at The Cavern, this schoolboy appearing every Saturday on the Telefis Eireann pop television show ‘Pickin’ The Pops’. He flashes back to when he appeared – twice – on ‘Top Of The Pops’ with John Lennon. He talks very very fondly of Marc Bolan, remembers Henry McCullough, discusses making his first record with Jack White, talks about his friend David Holmes – plus much much more.

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Talking about Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant says “In the middle of all the pressure it was pretty tough and the great thing about Bernard, Beep, coming on board with us is that he helped dilute a lot of the intensities that were thrust upon us… in the middle of it all Beep was a settling factor. We had years of fun in the smallest and shortest time…

“Beep was there with great ideas, good suggestions, pointing this way and that way… there was a point of conjecture and discussion that wouldn’t have been there otherwise… He was an extension of the adventure and the lifestyle of the band itself…

“Beep is a good friend, I’m very pleased to be paying for this call myself!”.

And Mirian O’Callaghan asks Robert twice about Led Zeppelin getting back together again – to a hilarious response.

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The Lobsters – BP Fallon & Robert Plant – plus bassist Andy Sylvester sing backing vocals with Melvin’s Marauders in The Queen’s Head pub in Stourbridge near Kidderminster, May 17th 1979

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Marc Bolan & BP Fallon, London 1971. Photography by Barrie Wentzel

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BP Fallon & Miriam O’Callaghan

With thanks to Miriam and to Conor Kavanagh, producer of The Miriam O’Callaghan Show.

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Robert Plant in the film ‘Doreen: The Movie. “Good afternoon, madame. I just happen to have outside a truck with half a load of Tarmacadam….”

Robert Plant makes a cameo appearance as a door-to-door traveling salesman in the upcoming UK comedy film ‘Doreen: The Movie’.

The former Led Zeppelin singer plays an aged gentlemen who knocks on doors selling his services as a home handyman and offers Doreen’s friend Doris “a little bitumen slapped up your alley…

“A small amount of Tarmac for your drive?” (Tarmacadam is a brand name road-surfacing material and bitumen is another name for asphalt).

Doreen relays the obvious question of whether Plant will be doing the work for free, to which he replies “I’m quite solvent at the moment but I could do with a little bit, a pinch here and there for some apple juice.”

When he’s told to bugger off he pushes through the mail slot his card ‘PLANT HIRE Your “Driveway to Heaven” Black Dog Tarmac Ltd Call Robert on 07428’

Robert shuffles away, muttering “There must be an easier way to make ends meet”.

While Robert is attempting to sell his services to Doris at the door, inside the house Doreen is seen reading ‘JB’s: The Story Of Dudley’s Live Music Venue’ unwittingly opened at Robert’s introduction in the book.

Based on the life of the Birmingham Mail columnist, the movie stars Gill Jordan as Doreen.

‘Doreen The Movie’ will premiere in October in the UK.

Every card tells a story...
PLANT HIRE Your “Driveway To Heaven” Black Dog Tarmac Ltd Call Robert on 07428…

Every book tells a story...
An open page shows Robert’s introduction in the book ‘JB’s : The Story Of Dudley’s Live Music Venue’ by Geoff Tristram

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Says Robert “Bernard, I wonder what happened to Monty The Python…” Says BP “Well, it’s a change from the one-eyed trouser snake…”
Photography by Logan Plant

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BP Fallon & Jimmy Page NYC Nov 2014. Photography by & © Bob Gruen

Celebrated rock’n’roll photographer Bob Gruen is always in the right place at the right time.

Jimmy Page was doing a public interview with John Varvatos at the John Varvatos store which is on the site of CBGBs on New York’s Bowery.

Bob Gruen snapped Jimmy and former Led Zeppelin publicist BP Fallon hanging out backstage.

Says Bob: “There are three rules to being a good photographer ~ and the first one is ‘Always carry a camera'”.

Page & Fallon first met in 1966 at MGM’s Elstree Studios outside London when they were both in the “Swinging Sixties” Antonioni film ‘Blow Up’ ~ Jimmy was a Yardbird and BP was an extra in The Yardbirds famous club scene where Jimmy’s fellow-guitarist Jeff Beck smashes his guitar ~ view here:

The Yardbirds ~ with guitarists Jeff Back & Jimmy Page ~ in ‘Blow Up’

Led by remaining Yardbird Jimmy Page, The New Yardbirds were completed by Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham before this stunning new band formed by Jimmy was named Led Zeppelin. BP Fallon became their publicist.

Bob Gruen first came into the Led Zeppelin picture when he photographed the band on tour in America in 1973.

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Jimmy Page & BP Fallon eight miles high on Led Zeppelin’s private jetliner ‘Starship’ 1973. Photography by & © Bob Gruen

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That timeless iconographic image ~ Led Zeppelin and their plane ‘Starship’ 1973 by & © Bob Gruen

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The little old lady & Gyl Owen-Corrigan & Robert Plant & BP Fallon in the lobby of The Drake Hotel New York July 24th 1973 by & © Bob Gruen

To mark the triumphant remastered re-release of Led Zeppelin’s first three albums with added tracks – Led Zeppelin I, II and III are in the British Top 10 – we present this unseen photograph by Bob Gruen taken in the lobby of The Drake Hotel in New York. BP Fallon takes up the story:

“I was at Bob Gruen’s incredible ‘Rock Seen’ photo exhibition in New York this April and as part of his exhibition Bob was displaying blown-up contact sheets from which the photographs came. There was the contact sheet that had Bob’s famous shot of Zeppelin standing by their airplane ‘Starship’ and as I looked at this dark little image on the contact sheet I said ‘Look, there’s me!’

“It was Led Zeppelin on tour in 1973 and we were gathered in the lobby of The Drake Hotel in New York waiting for the limos to take us to the plane to fly us to Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh. And this rich old dear who lived at The Drake was berating Robert and grabbing his hair – ‘Why d’you have to have your hair long like that? Why can’t you look like a real man?’ Robert was very sweet to her, all peace and love”.

Commented Bob Gruen to BP nearly 41 years later: “You have a pretty good memory to remember what she was saying.”

So for your added delectation we’re showing Zeppelin’s ‘Traveling Riverside Blues’ video which flashes on this Drake lobby scene – plus some freezeframes from the video that capture this Old Money New York Lady Vs Led Zeppelin scenario.

And yes, The Drake Hotel is where over $200,000 of Led Zeppelin’s money went missing a few days later – but that’s another story.

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Led Zeppelin – Traveling Riverside Blues freezeframes


Led Zeppelin – Traveling Riverside Blues (Official Video)

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Led Zeppelin – Traveling Riverside Blues freezeframe

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Jimmy Page & BP Fallon on Led Zeppelin’s plane Starship
by & © Bob Gruen


Robert Johnson – Traveling Riverside Blues (speed corrected, as it really sounded))

And if you’ve got 73 minutes, this is a wild and mysterious tale:

The Crossroads Legend – Search For Robert Johnson – full movie 1.13

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That brilliant iconographic image ~ Led Zeppelin and their private plane Starship by & © Bob Gruen

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