This Day In Rock. COZY POWELL
Drumming legend Cozy Powell (29 December 1947 – 5 April 1998), would be 69 today.
Cozy Powell was born in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England, and was adopted. He never met his birth parents. He started playing drums at age 12.
He is one of the most prolific drummer in the business. His CV runs like a Who’s Who, with stints as a fully paid up member of Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Michael Schenker Group and the ELP spin-off Emerson-Lake and 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.
His carrer niot only spans three decades, it’s laso one of the most diverse in rock. In the 1960’s Cozy was a member of the Ace Kefford Stand; in the 70’s he was a session drummer for Mickie Most’s RAK label, which made Cozy a household name with the Dance With the Devil single; and in 1991 he turned up in the Comic Relief’s #1 single ‘The Stonk’ with comedians Hale & Pace.
Since then Cozy joined Brian May on a Jimi Hendrix tribute album, and supported the legendary Peter Green on his comeback. Sessions with Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest), Brian May’s new album, and Yngwiee Malmsteen, the last two with tours, have seen Cozy Powell back to his busiest and perhaps, his best.
Powell died on 5 April 1998 following a car accident while driving his car at 104 mph (167 km/h) in bad weather on the M4 motorway near Bristol, UK.