Sooooooooo, Rolling Stone magazine has compiled its list of the 100 Greatest Drummers of All Time and it’s topped by Led Zeppelin‘s John Bonham.
and here’s what the writers say: “We valued nuance and musicality over chops and flash, celebrating players who knew the value of aiding a great song more than hogging up a show with a silly solo.” Nonetheless, three of the top five are known for taking up at least what could have been two more songs in the set with long solos – Bonham, Ginger Baker and Neil Peart.
Here is the Top 10:
- John Bonham – Led Zeppelin
- Keith Moon – The Who
- Ginger Baker – Cream
- Neil Peart – Rush
- Hal Blaine – session player
- Clyde Stubblefield and John “Jabo” Starks from James Brown‘s band
- Gene Krupa – big band / jazz great
- Mitch Mitchell – Jimi Hendrix Experience
- Al Jackson, Jr. – Booker T and the MGs and Stax session drummer
- Stewart Copeland – The Police
John Paul Jones says, “No, no, he was a bass player’s dream really. Not only was he a drummer, he was a musician as well. The two can be sometimes different. Having said that you can say that about any instrument. But he really knew what he was doing and he listened and he had such feel and such a soul and we just worked really well together. Plus he was always funny and he was a very humorous man and very generous man. So he used to go crazy? So did we all. No he was really a joy on stage, he really was I just loved played with him.”