On this day in 1948, Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham was born.
We lost Bonham at the young age of 32. The band was supposed to kick off a North American tour in October 1980, but on September 24, 1980, Bonham died from asphyxiation from vomit.
Today, we honour Bonham and four other drummers we lost, but their legacies will live on forever:
Led Zeppelin’s drummer died at the young age of 32, but what a legacy he left behind: from the echoing behemoth percussion of “When The Levee Breaks” to the intricate kick-and-snare play on “Good Times Bad Times”, and of course, the incredible solos like the one on “Moby Dick”, Bonham was the complete package. His legacy and influence as one of the most important drummers ever will stand the test of time.
Appearing on over 66 albums, Cozy Powell was an in-demand session drummer, performing with Rainbow, Robert Plant, Brian May, Black Sabbath and more. His combination of classical training and raw energy made him a drum powerhouse.
Powell died in a car crash in April 1998 at 50 years old, but not before leaving an incredible body of work and collaborations behind.