Writers: Robert Plant and Phil Johnstone
Producers: Tim Palmer, Robert Plant, and Phil Johnstone
Recorded: Fall-Winter 1987 at Swanyard Studios and Marcus Studios in London, England
Released: Spring 1988
|Players:||Robert Plant — vocals
Doug Boyle — guitar
Jimmy Page — guitar
Phil Scragg — bass
Phil Johnstone — keyboards, vocals
Chris Blackwell — drums
|Album:||Now & Zen (Es Paranzal, 1988)|
The second single from Robert Plant's fifth solo outing, “Tall Cool One” reached Number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The song features guitar solos by Jimmy Page, Plant's partner from Led Zeppelin. Along with Page's contributions to Plant's semi-anonymous preceding disc, The Honeydrippers: Vol. 1, it marked one of the first collaborations between the two men since Led Zeppelin disbanded in 1980.
“Tall Cool One” samples several Led Zeppelin songs, indicating a thawing of Plant's attitude towards his old band, which had been decidedly ambivalent up to this point in his solo career.
Shortly after its release, “Tall Cool One” was used in a Coca-Cola advertising campaign.
Plant's Now & Zen album, which also featured Page on the first single, “Heaven Knows,” reached Number Six on the Billboard 200 and sold more than a million copies.