The first wave of American rock n' rollers said Music died the day the little plane carrying Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and J.P. Richardson (aka "The Big Bopper") went down near the town of Clear Lake, Iowa in 1959.
I say much of rock n' roll hit the skids 21 years later, the day John Bonham died.
Bonham, the iconic and hard-partying drummer for Led Zeppelin, died on this day in 1980 at the age of 32. His demise brought about the breakup of one of the biggest, most celebrated bands in rock n' roll history.
In an October 2014 Rolling Stone interview with David Fricke, Page said, "Led Zeppelin was an affair of the heart. Each of the members was important to the sum total of who we were."
Losing Bonham meant the show wouldn't go on and so we headed into a new decade without any more of the eclectic mix of hard rock, acoustic Celt, and a collection of riffs and breaks and intricate lyrics that defined a generation.
The rock n' roll landscape after Zep changed. Some say it let new talent rise to the surface. Others say the new talent were poor pretenders.
Bonham was a powerhouse, a madman with two sticks and a hard-driving beat. There can never be another Led Zeppelin simply because there will never be another John Bonham.
Rock on, my friends. And while you're at it, put on a selection of Bonham's finest drumming moments and turn it up loud. Real loud.