's legendary sticksman tops Rolling Stone reader's poll.
The reader poll, conducted last week, saw Bonzo top the chart ahead of The Who's Keith Moon
and Rush's Neil Peart
Other drummers to appear in the top ten include Cream's Ginger Baker
and Santana's Michael Shrieve
Here's the top ten:
01. John Bonham
02. Keith Moon
03. Neil Peart
04. Dave Grohl
05. Ringo Starr
06. Buddy Rich
07. Stewart Copeland
09. Ginger Baker
10. Michael Shrieve
Led Zeppelin band mate John Paul Jones
said that Bonham's talent on the drums was easy to spot, and that from the first time he watched him play he was convinced about his skills.
" he claimed. "The first thing we ever played together, the first time we met was in a rehearsal studio in Lyle street in London and we played a thing called A Train Kept a Rolling, which was a Yardbirds song, and as soon as we started, by about the fourth bar I realised this is going to be great, this is a great drummer.
Jones also praised Bonham's style. "He plays behind the beat or in front of the beat depending on what it needs, what the beat needs, most drummers can only play on the beat if they're lucky, but he could move it around which takes a good bit of skill and musical awareness to know that it needs to be moved around,
" he added.
Bonham has continued to be a major influence for a number of successful artists, with rock drummers such as Tony Thompson, Tommy Lee, Peter Criss, Stewart Copeland and Chad Smith all citing him as an inspiration.
of Foo Fighters
once described him as being the "greatest drummer of all time
" and it is likely that he will continue to encourage new generations of drummers for years to come.
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