John Bonham: May 31, 1948 – September 25, 1980

English: Crop of a derivative of John Bonham's...

English: Crop of a derivative of John Bonham’s Led Zeppelin sigil of three intersecting circles, likely from page 32 of Rudolf Koch’s 1930 book The Book of Signs. (Koch died 1934) The original symbol was used in Led Zeppelin IV. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

THIS DAY IN ROCK HISTORY: We lost John Bonham 32 years ago today. The reason I ever picked up a pair of drumsticks to begin with. Listen to some Led Zeppelin to hear a true pioneer.

John Henry Bonham (31 May 1948 – 25 September 1980) was an English musician and songwriter, 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 is widely considered to be one of the greatest drummers in the history of rock music. Over 30 years after his death, Bonham continues to garner awards and praise, including a Rolling Stone readers’ pick in 2011 placing him in first place of the magazine’s “best drummers of all time”.