Jimmy Copley

James "Jimmy" Copley
Born29 December 1953[1]
London, England
Died13 May 2017(2017-05-13) (aged 63)
Bristol, England
OccupationMusician
Spouse(s)Sachi Caroline Taylor (m. 1984-2014)
ChildrenJack Copley (son) Johnny Copley (son) Jerome Alexandre (son)

James Frank Copley (29 December 1953 – 13 May 2017) was an English rock drummer.

Copley was largely a session musician[2] who has worked with Jeff Beck,[3] Graham Parker, Upp, Paul Young, Magnum, Roger Glover, Ian Gillan and Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple, Go West, Killing Joke, Tears for Fears, Seal, Tony Iommi and Paul Rodgers.[2] Copley was the drummer with Manfred Mann's Earth Band since 2007.

Copley was a master of the open-handed drumming technique. The method is without crossing the hands when playing the hi-hat (or ride-cymbal) and snare drum simultaneously as opposed to the more traditional way of playing drums which features crossed hands as the basic playing position.

Copley had been a long time Tama drums endorser. He has used Superstar, Granstar, Artstar II and Starclassic drums throughout the years.[4] Another long time association is with Zildjian Cymbals. Copley also used Vic Firth drumsticks.[5]

Death

According to University Hospital Bristol, Copley had been diagnosed with leukemia in 2015 and relapsed following a bone marrow transplant. He opted to discontinue chemotherapy. In Copley's final days, his hospital room was transformed into a temporary recording studio so that he and friends could record an EP to benefit the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre and Royal United Hospital, in Bristol.[6]

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