Truth be told, I never dreamed of seeing Karen Carpenter naked either. Absolutely zero interest. "Azzhole" or not, I would much rather watch and hear Bonham play drums than Karen.Duh.
It was a poll done by Playboy! The reason Karen won was because none of the voters wanted to see Bonham naked.
Hal did the studio work of numerous bands and/or drummers....if only because he could get it done faster in the studio and save time/money for the artist/band....not solely because he was the far better drummer. Even Blaine suggests that drummers such as Karen Carpenter were quite proficient and skilled and could have done their own drum tracks if they thought it was best. But, it might have taken then dozens of times to do it just right. Hal and Co. could get it done in one or a couple of takes. And Hal did have a knack for helping to find the right beats and fills to propel a record.Jon did not know. He did not lose to Karen. It was Hal Blaine. Hal told us at a Drummers convention in Atlanta that he did her studio work.
I could see Bonzo easily kicking a big band with the best of them. There are / were tons of really good pro drummers, Karen Carpenter being one of them. Bonham is on another level so far beyond her it's no comparison.All this discussion on whether Karen could have managed Zeppelin, what about who might have sounded better (on drums) in the Carpenters? Although frankly neither are my faves, in a jazzy setting, I think I'd opt for Karen. Louder isn't always better.
That's probably true. Bonzo had incredible feet and drum to drum hand speed that Hal Blaine and Karen Carpenter probably couldn't dream of matching. But who was on more hit records? You don't have to have the best chops and fastest "this or that" to be the "best choice" in the studio. Think of Hal Blaine, Jeff Porcaro, JR Robinson, Bernard Purdie, Earl Palmer and dozens of others....even Gene Krupa.I could see Bonzo easily kicking a big band with the best of them. There are / were tons of really good pro drummers, Karen Carpenter being one of them. Bonham is on another level so far beyond her it's no comparison.