Colin Flooks (Cozy Powell) was born in Cirencester, Gloucestershire and was adopted. He never met his birth parents. He started playing drums aged twelve in the school orchestra, thereafter playing along in his spare time to popular singles of the day. The first band Powell was in, called the Corals, played each week at the youth club in Cirencester. During this time the band broke the world record for non-stop playing. At the age of fifteen, Cozy had already worked out an impressive drum solo. The stage name "Cozy" was borrowed from the jazz drummer Cozy Cole.