John Henry Bonham was born on this date in 1948. There are drummers and then there are Drummers. Bonham was a Drummer. Hard to imagine, but he would've been 64 had he lived to see this day. Not so old, but he's been gone so long now.
And maybe the suckage of modern life didn't start on April 9th, 1979. Maybe it started on September 25th, 1980.
Here's a bit o' Bonzo, his solo from "Moby Dick"
I always enjoy a good anecdote
This is a great tribute site
And we have some of Bonzo's quotes about Zep life saved here
There are drummers I love for their precision and timing abilities. There are drummers I love for their solidity, or for their style of dropping it in the pocket. But Bonzo? I love him for his love of drumming. His love came out in bombastic bliss. The man brought me so much joy his drumming could and still can make me cry.
Happy Birthday, Bonzo. I miss you in this world.
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