In June 2017, a blue plaque was unveiled by John’s sister, singer songwriter Deborah Bonham and Bev Bevan, former drummer with the Move and ELO, and close friend of John.
The Bonham family lived in the Riverside area of town before moving up to Hunt End where his mother, Joan, ran a newsagent shop.
He would transform handy household objects (bath salt containers, pots and pans and a round coffee tin) into percussion instruments which he would beat with knives and forks as a substitute for drumsticks, resulting in a snare drum like sound.
Aged 10, John received his first piece of real drumming equipment, a snare drum, from his mother.
Below is an introduction and brief history of Bonham and his importance and influence - in their own words.
John Henry Bonham is, without doubt, Redditch’s most famous son.
He left school aged 16 and began working for his father as a builder while also playing the drums for local bands.
He joined his first semi pro band: Terry Webb & The Spiders.
), but in the meantime it looks like Deputy Leo (Max Greenfield, most recently of pics this week!He was a source of inspiration to countless aspiring drummers and was considered to be one of the most influential drummers in the music industry.Described my ‘Modern Drummer’ magazine as ‘the king of rock drumming’, Bonham has been hailed by prestigious publications as ‘the best drummer of all time’.John's parents knew their young son had a true passion to learn the instrument.They bought him his first full drum kit aged 15, a brand new sparkling Premier kit John attended Wilton House School in Worcester Road before moving on to Lodge Farm County Secondary School on the Studley Road, Lodge Park.