John Bonham

Drummer + Percussionist

John Henry Bonham was an English musician and songwriter, best known as the drummer of Led Zeppelin. Bonham was esteemed for his speed, power, fast right foot, distinctive sound, and "feel" for the groove. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest drummers in the history of rock music by many drummers, other musicians, and commentators in the industry.… Read More

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1948 Birth Bonham was born on 31 May 1948, in Redditch, Worcestershire, England, to Joan and Jack Bonham. … Read More


1962 14 Years Old Between 1962 and 1963, still at school, Bonham joined the Blue Star Trio, and Gerry Levene & the Avengers.
Bonham attended Lodge Farm Secondary Modern School, where his headmaster wrote in his report that "He will either end up a dustman or a millionaire." After leaving school in 1964, he worked for his father as an apprentice carpenter between drumming for local bands.
1967 19 Years Old In 1967, A Way of Life asked Bonham to return to the group, and he agreed, while keeping in touch with Plant. … Read More


In 1968, American singer Tim Rose toured Britain and asked Band of Joy to open his concerts. … Read More
1969 21 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In Led Zeppelin tours after 1969, Bonham included congas, orchestral timpani and a symphonic gong. … Read More
1970 22 Years Old Bonham also played for Screaming Lord Sutch on Lord Sutch and Heavy Friends in 1970.
1971 23 Years Old He played on Lulu's 1971 single "Everybody Clap (Lulu song)," written by Maurice Gibb and Billy Lawrie.
1972 24 Years Old In 1972, he played on a Maurice Gibb-produced album by Jimmy Stevens called Don't Freak Me Out in the UK and Paid My Dues in the US, credited as "Gemini" (his star sign). … Read More
1974 26 Years Old In 1974, Bonham appeared in the film Son of Dracula, playing drums in Count Downe's (Harry Nilsson) band. … Read More


On 24 September 1980, Bonham was picked up by Led Zeppelin assistant Rex King to attend rehearsals at Bray Studios for a tour of North America, to begin 17 October in Montreal, Canada – the band's first since 1977. … Read More
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