COZY POWELL Remembered Website

COZY POWELL ----29 Dec 1947 ~ 5 April 1998

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 Cozy Info 

Birth Sign Capricorn

Height 5"10

Cozy Got His Nickname From jazz Drummer Cozy Cole

Eye color Brown

Divorced -At Time of Death 

Died 5th of April 1998 from injuries sustained in car crash on The M4 Bristol Juntions 18-19 

Age At Time Of Death 50 

Burial Site -None- Cremated 


Cozy  was  born  Colin  Flookes on  the 29th  December 1947  in a small market town called Cirencester,    in The county of Gloucestershire, England.

                                                                                         The  first band he played in was called Chorus  in  Cirencester, Gloucestershire.


            1972 Cozy 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, whose eponymous album was recorded

         for Chrysalis and released in August 1973.Eventually Powell abandoned Bedlam to record singles such as Dance with

    the Devil which reached #3 in the UK singles chart during January 1974. Beck's studio producer was Mickie Most

Powell soon found himself drafted into sessions for artists signed to

Most's RAK label, including Julie FelixHotChocolateDonovan and Suzi Quatro. To cash in on his chart success the drummer formed Cozy Powell's Hammer in April 1974. 

                                                     In 1975 he joined Ritchie  Black-mores  Rainbow. Powell, together with Blackmore, were the only constants in the band's

                                     line-up over the next five years, as Blackmore evolved the sound of the band from a neo-classical hard rock to a more

commercial AOR sound. Rainbow's 1979 Down to Earth LP (from which singles "Since You Been Gone" and "All Night

Long" are taken) proved to be the band's most successful album thus far, although Powell was concerned over the overtly

commercial sound. Powell decided to leave Rainbow, although not before they headlined the first ever Monsters of

Rock show at Castle Donington, England on August 16, 1980. The festival was Powell's last show with the band.

After Powell left Rainbow he worked with ex-vocalist Graham Bonnet on Bonnet's new project called Graham Bonnet &

The Hooligans, their most notable single being the UK top 10 single Night Games(1981),

also on Bonnet's solo Line

Up album. Powell then performed 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 first album, which was released

in 1986 when he joined up with Keith Emerson and Greg Lake as a member of Emerson, Lake & Powell.

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A stint with Gary Moore followed in 1989. His most well-known association

wawith BlacSabbath from 1988 to 1991, and again in 1994–1995. Between late 1992 and early 1993,

Powelput together an occasional touring band using the old band name 'Cozy Powell's

Hammerfeaturing himself on drums, Neil Murray on bass, Mario Parga on guitar and Tony

Martin ovocals and occasional rhythm guitar/synth module. The band performed throughout Europe

and appeared on German television. Powell along with Neil Murray were members of Brian May's band,

playing on the Back To The Light and Another World albums. Cozy played with May opening for Guns N'

Roses on the second American leg of their Use Your Illusion tour in 1993. The duo also served a spell with

blues guitarist Peter Green in the mid-nineties. Cozy's last recording session was for Colin

Blunstone's The Light Inside, alongside Don Airey, which was released shortly after Cozy's death. Prior

to his death in 1998, Cozy had pulled out of a tour with Yngwie Malmsteen due to an injury and was

preparing to tour with Brian May. 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

Casswell and others.

 

Musicians  & Bands Cozy played With. 

                                                                     

 The Sorcerers 1967-68                                                The Brian May Band 1993-94

 Youngblood 1968-69                                                    Black Sabbath 1994-95                         

 The Ace Kefford Stand 1969                                         The Peter Green Splinter Group   1997                          

 Big Bertha 1969-70                                                      Tipton, Enwhistle & Powell 1997

 The Jeff Beck Group    1970-72                                     Yngwie Malmsteen 1997                               

 Bedlam 1972-73                                                           The Brian May Band 1998

Cozy Powell 1973-74                                                    The Peter Green Splinter Group 1998

Cozy Powell Hammer 1974                                           The Snakes 1998

Rainbow 1975-80

Cozy Powell 1979

Graham Bonnet & the Hooligans 1980-81 

Cozy Powell 1981

Michael Schenker 1981-82

Cozy Powell 1982-83

Whitesnake  1982-85

Emerson, lake, & Powell 1985-86

Peter York- Cozy Powell    1987

Black Sabbath 1988-91

The Brian May Band 1991-92 

Cozy Powell 1992

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Cozy Solo Work 

Over the Top (1979)

Tilt (1981)

Octopuss (1983)

The Drums Are Back (1992)

The Best of Cozy Powell (1997)

Especially for You (1999)


The Jeff Beck Group

Rough & Ready (1971)

Jeff Beck Group (1972)


 
Bedlam

Bedlam (1973)

 Rainbow

Rainbow Rising (1976)

On Stage (1977)

Long Live Rock 'n' Roll (1978)

Down to Earth (1979)

Finyl Vinyl (1986)

Live in Germany (1990)

Live in Munich 1977 (2006)]

The Michael Schenker Group

MSG (1981)

One Night at Budokan (1982) 

WHITESNAKE

Slide It In (1984)]

 Emerson, Lake & Powell

Emerson, Lake & Powell (1986)

The Sprocket Sessions (2003)

Live in Concert (2003)]

Forcefield

Forcefield (1987)

Forcefield II: The Talisman (1988)

Forcefield III: To Oz and Back (1989)

Forcefield IV: Let the Wild Run Free (1991)

Forcefield: The Instrumentals (1992)

     Black Sabbath

Headless Cross (1989)

Tyr (1990)

Forbidden (1995)

The Sabbath Stones (1996)


 
Brian May

Back to the Light (1993)

Live at the Brixton Academy (1994)

Another World (1998)

Red Special (1998)


     

 

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