Clive Coulson was the lead singer with The Dark Ages, a band formed at Otahuhu College in 1964. Their repertoire was on the bluesier side of the Sixties Beat spectrum, consisting mostly of cover versions of songs popularised by the likes of The Pretty Things and The Animals.
Within a few short years Coulson was part of the Led Zeppelin crew, moving on to co-manage supergroup Bad Company, at the time one of the biggest live draws in the USA.
Part one of the Clive Coulson story, From The Dark Ages to Jeff Beck, can be found here.
Part two of the Clive Coulson story, Led Zeppelin to Bad Company, can be found here.
Clive Coulson lived at the famous rural Bron-Yr-Aur cottage in Wales with Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, his wife, and another roadie Sandy McGregor, when Led Zeppelin were writing and recording some of Led Zeppelin III there. "Me and Sandy were the cooks, bottlewashers and general slaves. Pagey was the tea man. Plant's speciality was posing and telling people how to do things" Clive recalled.
Clive Coulson's oldest son, Jesse, played for the United States at the 1999 Rugby World Cup on account of his US mother (Clive's wife) Sherry.
In September 1971, in Osaka, Japan, Clive Coulson duetted onstage with Robert Plant when they played a cover of Eddie Cochran's 'C'mon Everybody'.