John Bonham

John Bonham

British, Drummer
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John Bonham

John Henry Bonham (31 May 1948 – 25 September 1980) was an English musician and songwriter. He is best known as the drummer of Led Zeppelin. Bonham was esteemed for his speed, power, fast bass-drumming, distinctive sound, and "feel" for the groove. He is considered one of the greatest rock drummers.

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Full name at birth
John Henry Bonham
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Claim to fame
drummer & songwriter for Led Zeppelin
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Date of birth
31 May 1948
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Place of birth
Redditch, Worcestershire, England, UK
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Date of death
25 September 1980
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Age
32 (age at death)
Place of death
Jimmy Page`s home - The Old Mill House in Clewer, Windsor, England
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Cause of death
Asphyxiation Caused By Choking On His Own Vomit
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Occupation
Musician
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PERSONAL DETAILS

Height
5' 10½" (179 cm)
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Distinctive feature
  • John Bonham is still regularly voted in polls as the greatest and most influential rock drummer of all time...
  • According to Plant: "Bonzo was totally and absolutely devoted to getting it right. Everything that he listened to he could go beyond, not only could he recreate it but he could take it somewhere new. He knew that he was a powerhouse among drummers... we seemed to have a great affinity for each other"...
  • Bonham died aged 32 in 1980. He had a reputation as a heavy drinker and had consumed too much vodka in the 24 hours before his death, which caused vomiting and asphyxiation...
  • Powerful and energetic drum work...
  • His beard...
  • Enormous drum sound...
  • Fast bass-drumming...
  • Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Led Zeppelin in 1995...
  • Sister is Deborah/Debbie Bonham, who has a singing career of her own...
  • Bonham died in Jimmy Page`s home - The Old Mill House in Windsor, England...
  • As a rule, John Bonham strenuously avoided granting interviews, valuing his own privacy. However, the drummer relented on just the one occasion when he agreed to be interviewed by Billy Connolly...
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Pets
  • Buddy Rich (jazz drummer)
  • Gene Krupa (jazz drummer)
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ADDITIONAL DETAILS

Net worth
$10,000,000 USD
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High school
Wiltan House public school (dropped out)
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