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

Cozy Powell is one of the most prolific drummers in the business. His CV runs like a Who’s Who of rock, with stints as a fully paid up member of Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Whitesnake, M.S.G. and the ELP spin-off Emerson, Lake, & Powell. Then there are those legendary guest appearances - with everyone from Donovan to Roger Daltrey, Jack Bruce to Jeff Beck and Gary Moore to Brian May. ~ Cozy Powell ~ retrieved December 23, 2013 ©

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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

On June 21, 1975, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore announced his desire to pursue new musical challenges by officially quitting Deep Purple - the groundbreaking band he’d helped found and then become inextricably associated with for the better part of a decade. But, evidently, no single color in the musical spectrum would do - not even purple - because Blackmore’s next creative adventure wound up demanding as many colors as a Rainbow. ~ Ultimate Classic Rock: Top Ten Rainbow Songs ~ retrieved May 2, 2016 © Ultimate Classic Rock

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

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