Cozy Powell, born Colin Flooks in December 29, 1947 and died in April 5, 1998, was an English rock drummer who was broadly recognized with the group Rainbow.
Born in Gloucestershire, England, Powell started enjoying the drums at age twelve. From enjoying throughout his spare time, he was recruited to Corals, his first band, with whom he performed weekly on the Youth Membership in Cirencester. By age fifteen, he was already an unimaginable drummer, with notable drum solos. He adopted the title Cozy from the jazz drummer Cozy Cole.
Powells type is that of heavy-hitting drumming, one which works with many sorts of rock music. He launched his skilled profession in 1965 with The Sorcerers, a vocal concord pop band. The band did performances within the German membership scene of the Nineteen Sixties. Powell needed to depart from the band, because the gigs had been taking a toll on his training already. He additionally needed to work at an workplace with the intention to purchase his first set of Premier drums. Right now, Powell started doing session work, and shaped Huge Bertha, together with fellow members of The Sorcerers, brothers Dave and Dennis Ball. A noteworthy collaboration was with swamp rocker Tony Joe White on the Isle of Wight Pageant 1970. Powell then joined Jeff Beck Group in April 1970, and recorded two albums with them, 1971s Tough and Prepared, and 1972s Jeff Beck Group, till they ultimately disbanded. Late 1972 discovered him teaming up once more with the Ball brothers, and this time with singer Frank Aiello, to kind Bedlam. They had been capable of file and launch one album, Bedlam, in 1973, and later determined to desert this mission. At round this time, Powell, below the persuasion of Becks studio producer Mickie Most, produced the one Dance with the Satan, which topped the UK singles chart in January 1974. In April 1974, Powell shaped Cozy Powells Hammer, which additionally broke up after a yr. Powell then made a short-lived trip, and found his ardour for quick vehicles and motorbikes. It was throughout this era that he raced on the UK saloon automotive circuit for Hitachi.
When Powell got here again in 1975, he joined Ritchie Blackmores arduous rock and heavy steel band Rainbow, changing drummer Gary Driscoll. Powell stayed with the band for the subsequent 5 years, throughout which interval Rainbow launched their most profitable album up to now, 1979s Right down to Earth LP, that includes the singles Since You Been Gone and All Evening Lengthy. Powell then left the band, after headlining on the first ever Monsters of Rock present at Fortress Donington, England in August 1980.
Curiously, Powell was one of many selections for the Led Zeppelin drummer to succeed John Bonham after the latter died in 1980. The band in a while fell aside.
When Powell left Rainbow, he collaborated with a variety of musicians, one in all which is Graham Bonnet, on the album Graham Bonnet & The Hooligans. He additionally performed drums with the bands Michael Schenker Group and Whitesnake. He additionally teamed up with Keith Emerson and Greg Lake to kind Emerson, Lake & Powell, an English rock band as effectively. He additionally labored along with Phenomena and Gary Moore. From 1988 to 1991, and 1995 to 1996, Powell joined Black Sabbath, and was instrumental within the recording and launch of 4 albums, Headless Cross, Tyr, Forbidden, and The Sabbath Stones.
Powell set a world file for being the worlds quickest drummer on the BBC childrens present File Breakers. Utilizing the previous title Cozy Powells Hammer, he arrange a touring band and carried out all through Europe from 1992 to 1993. He was with bassist Neil Murray, guitarist Mario parga, and vocalist/rhythm guitarist Tony Martin.
Powell and Neil Murray grew to become part of Brian Mays band, recording on two albums, Again to the Gentle and One other World. He additionally opened for Weapons N Roses in 1993 together with Brian Could. In 1996, Powell and Could once more labored with returning blues legend Peter Inexperienced on his long-awaited comeback tour. Powell did his final recording for Colin Blunstones album, The Gentle Inside.
Powell died in a automotive crash in April 1998. He misplaced management of his automotive, apparently resulting from unhealthy climate, on the M4 Motorway in the direction of Bristol, and slammed into the divider of the motorway. Previous to his demise, he needed to be sidelined from a tour with Yngwie Malmsteen resulting from a foot damage.