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Today, on the 32nd anniversary of the passing of the greatest drummer of all time, John Bonham, I'd come up with my top five Led Zeppelin drumming songs. I know that it's hard to narrow down the list and even earlier work in Band Of Joy contained some powerful work. I know that today's playlist is all Bonham. Take a second today and pay your own tribute to Bonzo.

Good Times Bad Times
The bass drum triplets starting at 2:14. Is there any more that needs to be said? Using his experience in bands from the Midlands, John Bonham brought his creativity and power to each song in Led Zeppelin. Drummer Carmine Appice said that Bonham took the bass drum triplets from the Vanilla Fudge song Ticket To Ride.


I Can't Quit You Baby

Taking from his love of jazz, blues and R&B, Bonham breathed new life into this Willie Dixon classic. Bonham laid a cool, simple 12/8 beat down, allowing Robert Plant's lyrics and Jimmy Page's guitar work to shine. Interesting enough, if you listen to the live version from the last album Coda, er Royal Albert Hall (from January 9, 1970), you'll hear more of those bass drum triplets.


Achilles Last Stand

Perhaps it was gained from his formative years as a bricklayer or perhaps it was his 16 oz. arm curls, John Bonham was the thunder and the power behind Led Zeppelin. No other Led Zeppelin studio song aptly presents this fact as much as the first track from Presence. During the course of the track, Bonham's volcanic drum fills interlock with Page’s wailing guitar parts, seizing several moments of tension that build to the bursting point.


Fool In The Rain

Whether the samba beat was sourced from Robert Plant watching the 1978 FIFA World Cup or from personal knowledge, this is another track that Bonham took a step back to let other instruments take center stage. However, not to be totally non-existant in the track, Bonham offers up some tasty drum fills after the center section of the song.

Bonzo's Montreux

Not to be totally void of any drum solos in this list, Bonzo's Montreux makes an appearance. Drum solos were a very integral part of Led Zeppelin's live shows, allowing John Bonham to experiment and bloody up his cymbals. Recorded on September 12, 1976 at Mountain Studios in Montreux, Switzerland with Jimmy Page, Bonham wanted to create a drum orchestra. Starting with laying down the rhythm track with the drum track, he then laid auxillary instruments, such as tympanis, timbales and conga over the top. It was first released on Led Zeppelin's studio album Coda in 1982 and later fused with Moby Dick from Led Zeppelin II by Jimmy Page in May 1990 at Atlantic Records' Synclavier Suite, adding electronic treatments for inclusion on Led Zeppelin's first Box Set.
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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

March 17, 1969 - A four-song performance is filmed for TV Byen in Denmark (aired on May 19, 1969)
March 21, 1969 - Zeppelin’s debut TV appearance on "How It Is"
March 25, 1969 - Filming session for the Supershow
March xx, 1970 - The band turns down many TV offers worth large sums
March 05, 1971 - Led Zeppelin started a 12-date "Thank You" tour for British fans, appearing at the clubs from their early days and charging the same admission prices as in 1968. The first show was at Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland where they played songs from their upcoming fourth album, including the first public performances of Black Dog, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California and Rock And Roll.
March 12, 1972 - Page and Plant rehearse some songs with the Bombay Orchestra
March 25, 1973 - Led Zeppelin finally release Houses of the Holy after production issues with the album cover
March 28, 1973 - Led Zeppelin released Houses Of The Holy in the UK. The album title was a dedication by the band to their fans who appeared at venues they dubbed "houses of the holy". Houses Of The Holy has now been certified 11 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 11 million copies.
March xx, 1974 - The band decide to release a double album due to the amount of left over studio material
March 29, 1975 - Led Zeppelin saw all six of their albums in the US Top 100 chart in the same week, alongside their latest album Physical Graffiti at No.1. Physical Graffiti has now been certified 16 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 16 million copies.
March 15, 1975 - Tickets for the Earls Court shows sellout within four hours
March xx, 1976 - Jimmy speaks with reporters mentioning the new album due out called Presence
March 31, 1976 - Presence is released
March 28, 1977 - Zeppelin arrive in Dallas, Texas to rehearse before opening the eleventh tour of the US
March xx, 1978 - Robert and John spend some time hanging around the Midlands
March 26, 1979 - Robert takes lead vocal at a Bad Company gig in Birmingham
March 04, 1980 - John Bonham makes a TV appearance on "Alright Now" with Bill Connolly
March 26, 2006 - Readers of Total Guitar magazine voted the guitar solo by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven as the greatest guitar solo of all time. The 1971 track was voted ahead of tracks by Van Halen, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and The Eagles. On the 20th anniversary of the original release of the song, it was announced via US radio sources that the song had logged up an estimated 2,874,000 radio plays - back to back, that would run for 44 years solid.
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