Back in the ’80s when I was just getting started on the radio – not unlike my friend Andy Frost, I had an incredible affinity for the band Little Feat and we both spun Little Feats songs on the turntable regularly. There was no sort of play-list – just a wall of record albums, and the ‘L’ section, containing every Little Feat album, seemed to have a gravitational pull.
Apparently that pull was also felt by Robert Plant. He credits Little Feat leader, the late Lowell George, with helping him develop his own solo sound.
Speaking with radio host Bob Harris within a series of previously unheard interviews titled Legends Vault (nice name, fellas), Plant says seeing Lowell George on the BBC’s Old Grey Whistle Test had a lasting impression.
“I was really moved by Lowell George’s approach, his vocal performances and stuff which was great. I was such a fan of American music – I’m still searching”.
“Although I wouldn’t have gone into that zone myself as a singer – I’m not a blue-eyed soul singer, I was just a kind of blues singer of the late 60s, I’ve been able to develop my style from then on. But I think Lowell George’s vocal work was tremendous.”
Lowell George had been a member of Frank Zappa’s band The Mothers of Invention. When Zappa heard Lowell’s song ‘Willin’ he encouraged him to go out on his own.