Monday, May 30, 2016

On This Day 31 May

John Bonham was born on this day in 1948.
1969 31 May On This Day Led Zeppelin - New York, NY at Fillmore East
  • 1948 John “Bonzo” Bonham born
  • 1968 The Yardbirds - Los Angeles, CA at Shrine Auditorium
  • 1969 31 May On This Day Led Zeppelin - New York, NY at Fillmore East
  • 1973 Led Zeppelin - Inglewood, CA at The Forum
  • 1977 Led Zeppelin - Greensboro, NC at Greensboro Coliseum
John Bonham
Led Zeppelin played the LA Forum on John Bonham's 25th birthday. When George Harrison and wife Patti dropped by to help celebrate at the hotel afterwards, Bonham threw both of them, fully clothed, into the swimming pool. (as reported by Newswire, June 1973)

John "Bonzo" Bonham, arguably the world's best rock drummer, was a core part of Led Zeppelin's success.

Around the same time in 1968 that Jimmy Page asked Bonham to join the new band that would become Led Zeppelin, "John had also been receiving other tempting offers from esteemed artists such as Joe Cocker and Chris Farlowe who were in positions to offer John more financially lucrative prospects. Plant and Grant bombarded Bonham with telegrams of persuasion (eight from Plant and fourty from Grant) sent to John at his favourite local pub: 'Three Men in a Boat' in Walsall. Bonham finally decided to accept Grant's offer, joining the band in early September 1968. Bonham said: "I decided I liked their music better than Cocker's or Farlowe's." Quote from

1967 A young John Bonham and Robert Plant with Band of Joy

Bonzo at tea time

1971 Bonham & Page in Japan

1973 31 May John Bonham takes a bow on his birthday at LA Forum

1974 14 Feb Bonham presenting Keith Moon with a fake award
on stage during a concert featuring Roy Harper and Friends
at the Rainbow Theatre, London

1975 Bonham Earls Court

The essential John Bonham

John Bonham portrait by Jan Perssons

♪ Happy Birthday Bonzo (Led Zeppelin, LA Forum 1973) YouTube
♪ Bonzo's Montreux (Led Zeppelin, CODA, recorded 1976 released 1982) YouTube

♫ John Bonham, Traps Magazine article by Chris Welch PDF 25 page download

♪ Mage Music 1 playlist at YouTube
♪ Mage Music 2 playlist at YouTube
♪ Page & Plant playlist at YouTube

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