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Cozy Powell

Cozy PowellAKA Colin Flooks

Born: 29-Dec-1947
Birthplace: Cirencester, Gloucester, England
Died: 5-Apr-1998
Location of death: Bristol, England
Cause of death: Accident - Automobile [1]
Remains: Cremated

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Drummer

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Drummer, Emerson Lake and Powell

Even the most leather-averse music fan would have to concede the impressive range of Cozy Powell's career. His first high-profile work was as a member of one of guitarist Jeff Beck's bands in 1971. This was followed by some success with bands of his own, but ultimately led to his most enduring role: as drummer for Ritchie Blackmore's band Rainbow, which lasted until 1980.

In subsequent years Powell moved through a number of different bands, including brief tenures in The Michael Schenker Group, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, and a period working with Keith Emerson and Greg Lake as a "P" in an 80's version of ELP. He also worked in projects with Queen guitarist Brian May, Yngwie Malmsteen, and supported Peter Green during his 1990s comeback tour. Several solo records and numerous other collaborations could also be listed among his accomplishments, and both of the above were underway at the time of his death in April 1998.

[1] Crashed his automobile (Saab 9000) while drunk, speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, and talking to girlfriend Sharon Reeve on mobile phone. His last words were "Oh shit." Pronounced DOA at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol. See "Girlfriend Hears Rock Star Die", BBC News, 25 August 1998.

Girlfriend: Sharon Reeve (at time of his death)

    Emerson, Lake and Powell
    Black Sabbath
    The Michael Schenker Group

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