COZY POWELL


Colin Trevor Cozy Powell (1947-1998) was an Uk drummer, well known as member of The The Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Gary Moore, Robert Plant, Brian May, Whitesnake, Emerson Lake & Powell, and Black Sabbath. Powell had appeared on at least 66 albums, with contributions on many other recordings He was born in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, and was adopted. At the age of fifteen, he had already worked out an impressive drum solo. The stage name "Cozy" was borrowed from the jazz drummer Cozy Cole. The semi-professional circuit was next, with semi-pro outfit The Sorcerers, a vocal harmony pop band. By 1968 Powell struck up friendships with Robert Plant and John Bonham, Slade vocalist Noddy Holder, bassist Dave Pegg and Tony Iommi. The Sorcerers now became Young Blood, and a series of singles were released in late 1968–69. Powell also played with Tony Joe White at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970. Powell then worked with Jeff Beck's group in April 1970. In 1972 Powell drummed for two tracks ("Hey Sandy" and "Martha") on Harvey Andrews' album Writer of Songs. By late 1972 he had joined up with the Ball brothers and singer Frank Aiello to form Bedlam. In '74 the drummer formed Cozy Powell's Hammer . The line-up included Bernie Marsden (GT), Clive Chamen (BG), Don Airey (KB) and Frank Aiello (Bedlam) on vocals. Clive Chamen was replaced on bass by Neil Murray bass guitarist in the band in early 1975 for the RAK Rocks Britain Tour. "Na Na Na" was a UK No. 10 hit, and another single "Le Souk" was recorded but never released. In 1975 he joined Rainbow. Powell and Ritchie Blackmore were the only constants in the band's line-up over the next five years. After Powell left Rainbow he worked with vocalist Graham Bonnet on Bonnet's new project called Graham Bonnet & The Hooligans.

For the rest of the 1980s, Powell assumed short-term journeyman roles with a number of major bands – Michael Schenker Group from 1981 to 1982, and Whitesnake from 1982 to 1985. In 1985 he started recording with Phenomena for their self-titled first album, which was released the same year, when he joined up with Keith Emerson and Greg Lake as a member of Emerson, Lake & Powell.

He also worked with a new supergroup, Forcefield, along with Bonnet and later Tony Martin on vocals, former Ian Gillan Band member Ray Fenwick and former Focus member Jan Akkerman on the guitars, Neil Murray and later Laurence Cottle on bass. Powell worked with Gary Moore in 1989, followed by stints with Black Sabbath from 1988 to 1991, and again in 1994–1995. Between late 1992 and early 1993, Powell put together an occasional touring band using the old band name 'Cozy Powell's Hammer' featuring himself on drums, Neil Murray on bass, Mario Parga on guitar and Tony Martin on vocals and occasional rhythm guitar/synth module. Powell along with Neil Murray were members of Brian May's band. Powell's last recording session was for Colin Blunstone's The Light Inside, alongside Don Airey, which was released shortly after Powell's death. The final solo album by Cozy Powell Especially for You was released in 1998 after his death, and featured American vocalist John West, Neil Murray, Lonnie Park, Michael Casswelland others. Powell died on 5 April 1998 after a car accident. #DEEPPURPLE #RAINBOW #BLACKSABBATH #IANGILLAN #RAINBOW #EMERSON #LAKE #HARDROCK #UK #BONNET


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