Cozy Powell

Cozy Powell
Cozy Powell in 1990 as a member of Black Sabbath
Background information
Birth nameColin Trevor Powell
Born(1947-12-29)29 December 1947
Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England
Died5 April 1998(1998-04-05) (aged 50)
Bristol, England
GenresHard rock, blues rock, progressive rock, instrumental rock, heavy metal, jazz fusion
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, producer
InstrumentsDrums, percussion
Years active1968–1998
Associated actsBedlam, Cozy Powell's Hammer, The Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, MSG, Whitesnake, Emerson, Lake & Powell, Gary Moore, Black Sabbath, The Brian May Band, Robert Plant, Suzi Quatro, Peter Green Splinter Group, Thin Lizzy,

Cozy Powell (Born Colin Trevor Flooks) (29 December 1947 – 5 April 1998) was an English rock drummer, who made his name with many major rock bands and artists like The Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Gary Moore, Robert Plant, Brian May, Whitesnake, Emerson, Lake & Powell, and Black Sabbath.[1]

Powell had appeared on at least 66 albums, with contributions on many other recordings. Many rock drummers have cited him as a major influence.[2][3]

Early life

Colin Flooks (Cozy Powell) was born in Cirencester, Gloucestershire and was adopted. He never met his birth parents.[4] 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.[5] 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.

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