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Cozy Powell
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    (December 29, 1947-April 5, 1998)
    Born in Cirencester, Gloucester, England, United Kingdom
    Birth name was Colin Trevor Flooks
    Drummer with the Jeff Beck Group (1970-72), Rainbow (1975-80), Whitesnake (1982-85), Emerson, Lake and Powell (1985-86), and Black Sabbath (1988-91,1994-95)
    Recorded the solo albums ‘Over the Top’ (1979), ‘Tilt’ (1981), ‘Octopuss’ (1983), and ‘The Drums Are Back’ (1992)
    Recorded the single ‘Dance with the Devil’ (1973)
    Died in a car crash on the M4 Motorway near Bristol, England
    He was widely rumored to have been asked to join with Keith Emerson and Greg Lake when Carl Palmer was unavailable for a reunion primarily so the band could keep its ELP moniker.
    He declared, ‘I drive like I play drums – madly!’ and lived up to the boast.
    A few months before his death, he broke his foot in a motorcycle accident, forcing him to drop out of a Yngwie Malmsteen tour.
    At the time of his fatal car crash, he was driving over 100 miles per hour in bad weather. While talking on a cell phone. And not wearing a seat belt. With a blood alcohol level over the legal limit.
    He was adopted and never met his birth parents.
    He became a race car driver for Hitachi for a few months (1975).
    He played drums on the Comic Relief single ‘The Stonk,’ which topped the British charts and raised £100,000 for charity (1991).
    He appeared on the BBC show ‘Record Breakers,’ where he played 400 drums in less than a minute (1991).

Credit: C. Fishel

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