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Tall Cool One (song)

"Tall Cool One" is a song by English recording artist Robert Plant. It was the third single released from his 1988 album Now and Zen, following "Heaven Knows" and "Ship of Fools". It reached No. 87 on the UK singles chart, No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number-one on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. It was Plant's fourth number-one rock single.[1][2]

"Tall Cool One"
Single by Robert Plant
from the album Now and Zen
B-side "White, Clean and Neat"
Released 1988
Recorded 1987
Genre Rock
Length 4:40
Label Es Paranza
Robert Plant singles chronology
"Heaven Knows"
"Tall Cool One"
"Ship of Fools"
"Heaven Knows"
"Tall Cool One"
"Ship of Fools"
Now and Zen track listing
"Dance on My Own"
"Tall Cool One"
"The Way I Feel"

The song was written by Plant and keyboardist Phil Johnstone, who also co-produced Now and Zen.[2][3] Former Led Zeppelin bandmate Jimmy Page plays guitar on the song.[4] Near the end of the song is a section that features guitar riff samples of Led Zeppelin songs, including "Black Dog",[5] "Dazed and Confused", "Whole Lotta Love", [6] "The Ocean" and "Custard Pie",[7] as well as lyrical references to "Black Dog" and "When the Levee Breaks" [8]

"Tall Cool One" was also featured in a commercial for Coca-Cola. [9]


  1. ^ "Chart Stats - Robert Plant". Archived from the original on December 10, 2012. Retrieved November 9, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Robert Plant: Billboard Singles". allmusic. Retrieved November 9, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Robert Plant: Tall Cool One". allmusic. Retrieved November 9, 2010. 
  4. ^ Iyengar, Vik. "Robert Plant: Now & Zen". allmusic. Retrieved November 9, 2010. 
  5. ^ Rodriguez, Carlos Xavier (2004). Bridging the gap: popular music and music education. The National Association for Music Education. p. 58. ISBN 1-56545-158-9. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  6. ^ Swenson, John (October 14, 1998). "Page captures Zeppelin magic". The Bryan Times. Retrieved November 14, 2010. 
  7. ^ Caudle, Todd (September 15, 1990). "Plant's riveting rock show rooted in past / Long-lived artist refuses to rest on his laurels". Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph. Colorado Springs, Colorado. p. D.5. "Tall Cool One" ... ended with a few strokes of "Dazed and Confused", "Custard Pie" and "The Ocean," to bring Plant's historical record full circle. 
  8. ^ "The Golden God : Robert Plant". Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Robert Plant: Biography". Rolling Stone. March 28, 2010. Retrieved August 27, 2011. 

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