Joan Bonham

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Joan Bonham (1926-2011) was an English singer and one of the principal lead vocalists of the Zimmers. The Zimmers are a 40-member 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.[1] In September 2008, the band released its first full-length album Lust for Life.[2]

Bonham was the mother of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, photographer Mick Bonham, and singer-songwriter Deborah Bonham. Joan was married to John Henry Bonham, Sr., who operated his father's construction company in Redditch, Worcestershire, J. H. Bonham & Son. To supplement the family income, Joan Bonham ran a newsagency business in Hunt End. A fan of big band music such as the Benny Goodman, and Harry James bands, she influenced John Bonham's musical upbringing.[3]


  1. The Zimmers. The Zimmers Online. Retrieved on 2010-03-07.
  2. Samuels, Tim. What the Zimmers did next, BBC News, 9 October 2008. Retrieved on 2010-03-07.
  3. Bonham, Mick (2005). John Bonham: The Powerhouse Behind Led Zeppelin, 1st. London: Southbank Publishing, 21. ISBN 1-904915-11-6.