Cozy Powell, drummer
birth name: Colin Flooks

Cozy Powell

December 29, 1947, Cirencester, England ~ April 5, 1998, Bristol, England

“Playing with Cozy Powel is like a kick in the ass for every musician.” ~ Jon Lord

Known for his practical jokes, his need for speed, and his kick-ass drumming. He was, by far, the best drummer of his time, spanning three decades with some of the best rockers in the business, including Brian May, Jeff Beck, Whitesnake, Rainbow, Peter Green, and Black Sabbath. ~ Mayniacs: Cozy Powell ~ retrieved December 23, 2013 © Mayniacs

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The stage name ‘Cozy’ was borrowed from the jazz drummer Cozy Cole. ~ Wikipedia: Cozy Powell ~ retrieved December 23, 2013 © Wikipedia

Rock drummers are often the butt of jokes from other musicians and critics alike. But Cozy Powell took a recent appearance on Chris Evans's TFI Friday in his stride and gave as good as he got from the host. Mickie Most, the glitter rock svengali who produced Powell's Seventies solo hits, paid him this tribute: “Musically, he was one of the best drummers we've ever had in this country. He was a great guy and always had a perfect disposition. We had a lot of laughs and he was great fun.” ~ The Independent: Cozy Powell Obituary ~ April 8, 1998 © The Independent


some band info might not apply to Powell, a member from 1975 through 1980

Over the years Rainbow went through many line-up changes with no two studio albums featuring the same line-up. ~ Wikipedia: Rainbow ~ retrieved May 2, 2016 © Allmusic

Former Rainbow singer Joe Lynn Turner thinks Ritchie Blackmore is doing fans a disservice with the new version of the band he’s scheduled to debut later this year. […] “I was shocked,” said Turner of the new Rainbow lineup. “I wanted an authentic lineup. I was talking to Bob Daisley, Bobby Rondinelli, Roger Glover, Don Airey. There’s a whole bunch of guys that were really willing to get involved.” ~ Ultimate Classic Rock: Joe Lynn Turner Calls Ritchie Blackmore’s New Rainbow Lineup A ‘Cover Band’ ~ February 22, 2016 © Ultimate Classic Rock

Rainbow ~ Ranked #90 VH-1 100 Greatest Hard Rock Artists in 2000.

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