John Bonham (I) (1948–1980)

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John Bonham is still regularly voted in polls as the greatest and most influential rock drummer of all time, an opinion which has also been expressed by the likes of Roger Taylor of Queen, Dave Grohl of Nirvana and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He started playing drums at the age of five using a makeshift kit and later progressed to real... See full bio »

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The Song Remains the Same Self - Drummer
Godzilla Soundtrack
Small Soldiers Soundtrack
Argo Soundtrack


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John Henry Bonham | Led Zeppelin | Led Zepplin


5' 10½" (1.79 m)


Patricia Bonham  (his death)  (2 children)


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People who don't take care of their drums really annoy me. See more »


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. See more »


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