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No One’s Tipping Their Hat to Roy Harper

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The man who inspired the Led Zeppelin song Hats Off to Roy needs to keep his hat and his kickers on.

Folk singer Roy Harper was in a British court room this week on charges of child sexual abuse.

Court papers accuse Roy of sexually abusing a 12 year old girl in the 1970′s. According to the BBC, Roy was in court for less than five minutes and entered no plea.

Roy Harper has more than 20 albums to his credit, including Whatever Happened to Jugula with former Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page in 1985. Don’t panic if you think you aren’t familiar with his career outside of the Led Zeppelin song. You’ve heard his voice. Trust me.

Roy sang lead on Pink Floyd’s Have a Cigar off the 1975 album Wish You Were Here. Roger Waters had blown out his voice singing Shine On You Crazy Diamond and David Gilmour refused to sing. Roy was recording down the hall at Abbey Road Studios, heard of their plight and stepped in.

Roy Harper’s next court appearance is scheduled for December 2.

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