John Bonham Height, Weight, Age, Facts, Biography

John Bonham Quick Info
Height5 ft 10½ in
Weight71 kg
Date of BirthMay 31, 1948
Zodiac SignGemini
Date of DeathSeptember 25, 1980

John Bonham was an English musician and songwriter who is considered as one of the most influential rock drummers of all time for his work with Led Zeppelin (1968-1980).

Born Name

John Henry Bonham

Nick Name

Bonzo, The Beast

John Bonham as seen in a black and white picture
John Bonham as seen in a black and white picture (Led Zeppelin Photos & Videos / Facebook)

Age

John was born on May 31, 1948.

Died

He passed away on September 25, 1980, in Berkshire, England following a day of excessive binge drinking that led him to asphyxiate on his own vomit. He was 32 years old at that time.

Sun Sign

Gemini

Born Place

Redditch, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom

Nationality

English

 

Occupation

Musician, Songwriter

Family

  • Father – Jack Bonham
  • Mother – Joan Bonham
  • Siblings – Mick Bonham (Younger Brother) (Disc Jockey, Author, Photographer), Deborah Bonham (Younger Sister) (Singer, Songwriter, Musician)

Genre

Rock

Instruments

Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals

Labels

  • Atlantic Records
  • Swan Song Records

Build

Slim

Height

5 ft 10½ in or 179 cm

Weight

71 kg or 156.5 lbs

Girlfriend / Spouse

John had dated –

  1. Josette Caruso
  2. Pat Phillips (1965-1980) – John was married to Pat Phillips for 12 years from 1968 until his death in 1980. He was the father of son Jason Bonham (b. July 15, 1966) and daughter Zoë Bonham (b. June 10, 1975).
  3. Dahlia
  4. Connie Hamzy
Legendary English musician John Bonham
Legendary English musician John Bonham (Sarah W. / Flickr / CC BY 2.0)

Race / Ethnicity

White

Hair Color

Black

Eye Color

Green

Sexual Orientation

Straight

Distinctive Features

Always sported facial hair like a mustache

John Bonham seen performing onstage in the 1970s
John Bonham seen performing onstage in the 1970s (Dina Regine / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 2.0)

John Bonham Facts

  1. He taught himself to play the drums at the young age of 5.
  2. John has been praised as the greatest rock drummer that ever lived by the likes of Dave Grohl, Charlie Watts, Roger Taylor, etc.
  3. His signature symbol was 3 interlocking circles which represented the triad of father, mother, and child.
  4. After John’s untimely passing in 1980, Led Zeppelin decided to disband altogether.
  5. He was inspired by jazz drummers like Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, and Joe Morello.
  6. Members of Led Zeppelin reunited for a 2007 concert wherein Jason Bonham took his father’s place behind the drum kit.

Featured Image by Led Zeppelin Photos & Videos / Facebook

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