Seems unbelievable still. Once again alcohol takes one of the best!
On This day Septempber 25, 1980, John Bonham died after a heavy drinking session was asphyxiated by his vomit.
Ask any rock musician to name their favourite drummer and I'll bet you my 1975 Led Zeppelin Earl's Court T-shirt they all say the same name. The man who, before joining the biggest rock group on the planet, was banned from British music venues for playing too loud; the man who once flew his group's Boeing 720 passenger jet The Starship all the way from New York to Los Angeles (he didn't have a pilot's licence); the man who would ride motorbikes down hotel corridors for something to do.
Ladies and gentleman, I give you John Henry Bonham, born in Redditch, Worcestershire on this day in 1948. 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 was in fact a soul drummer). The swing and swagger were his alone.