John Bonham – No. 1 of the “50 Greatest Drummers in Rock”

John Bonham, performing with Led Zeppelin in 1973. Photo: Dina Regine

On the 6th of June, 2005, John Bonham was voted No. 1 in Classic Rock Magazine’s ’50 Greatest Drummers in Rock’, listing “Moby Dick” as Bonham’s defining moment. Named after the novel of the same name by Herman Melville, “Moby Dick” is often regarded as one of the greatest drum solos of all time. During live sets with Led Zeppelin, it would often last for half an hour. “Moby Dick“ was featured on the band’s 1969 album Led Zeppelin II.

John Bonham (1948 – 1980) was an English musician, best known as the drummer for the English rock band Led Zeppelin. Esteemed for his power, distinctive sound, and “feel for the groove“, he is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential rock drummers in history. Also known by his nickname ‘Bonzo’, John Bonham remained a source of inspiration to generations of drummers .

Outside of Led Zeppelin, Bonham played drums for other artists, including the Family Dogg, Screaming Lord Sutch, Lulu, Jimmy Stevens and Wings. He was influenced by Max Roach, Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich.

In 2016, Rolling Stone named John Bonham the greatest drummer of all time.

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