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Joan Bonham, mother to John, Mick and Deborah Bonham, died early morning today (February 09, 2011) at the age of 81, after battling an illness since Christmas. She was preceeded in death by her husband John Henry Sr. (Jack) in 1998, son John Henry Jr. in 1980 and Michael (Mick) Bonham in 2000.

A musician just like her children John and Deborah, Joan was a singer, most notably one of the principal lead vocalists of The Zimmers, a 40-piece British band originally created by BBC television for a 2007 feature documentary on the conditions and feelings of the elderly, as part of the Power to the People series. In September 2008, the band released its first full-length album Lust for Life. Joan was also a fan of big band music, such as the Benny Goodman, and Harry James bands. She also ran a newsagency business in Hunt End, Redditch, Worcestershire, England.

One of her most last notable appearances was on November 02, 2009, accompanied by daughter Deborah, to accept the Tommy Vance Inspiration Award at the Classic Rock Awards Cermony from Paul Rodgers at the Park Lane Hotel, London, England.

We here at Achilles Last Stand - The Led Zeppelin Website would like to extend our deepest and most heartfelt sympathies to the entire Bonham family.

Deborah Bonham, Joan Bonham and Paul Rodgers
Deborah Bonham & Joan Bonham, accepting the Tommy Vance Inspiration Award from Paul Rodgers, Classic Rock Awards, Park Lane Hotel, London, England, November 02, 2009
Joan, Deborah, Pat and Zoe Bonham
Joan Bonham (Bonzo's mother), Deborah Bonham (Bonzo's sister), Patti Bonham (wife), and Zoe Bonham (daughter) attending the New York Premiere of Led Zeppelin`s new live DVD, at the Loews 34th Street Theatre, on May 27, 2003



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Led Zeppelin History

May 31, 1948 - John Henry Bonham was born at Redditch, Worchestershire
May xx, 1969 - The band’s debut album enters the US Top 10
May xx, 1969 - Recording sessions for Led Zeppelin II begin
May xx, 1970 - The band works on new material at Bron-Y-Aur
May 03, 1971 - Richard Cole jams on Whole Lotta Love playing congas
May xx, 1972 - Houses Of The Holy recording sessions on location at Stargroves and Olympic studios
May 27, 1972 - Warm-up gigs kick off in Holland for an upcoming American tour
May 04, 1973 - Led Zeppelin gross nearly $250,000 for their performance in Atlanta, GA
May 05, 1973 - 56,800 attend the second show of the 1973 US tour at Tampa. This sets a record for the largest attendance for a one-act performance, previously held by the Beatlesfor their Shea Stadium show in 1965
May 10, 1974 - Swan Song Records is officially launched
May 11, 1974 - Led Zeppelin attend an Elvis concert and are thrilled when Elvis announces that Led Zeppelin is in the building
May 10, 1975 - Showco ships their PA system and video screens for the Earls Court shows from Dallas to London
May 23, 1976 - Page and Plant join Bad Company onstage at the LA Forum
May 21, 1977 - The Houston Summit claims $500,000 in damages to their venue caused by rowdy fans
May xx, 1978 - The band reunite at Clearwater Castle to rehearse
May 22, 1979 - It is officially announce that Led Zeppelin will headline at the Knebworth Festival in August
May 15, 1980 - After many revisions the European tour dates are finalized and the band is scheduled to open in Germany
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