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Powell, Colin

Born: 1947 AD
Died: 1998 AD
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1947 – Born on December 29th in Cirencester, England, United Kingdom.

1971 – His first high-profile work was as a member of one of guitarist Jeff Beck’s bands.

1972 – Appeared on Roy Castle’s programme "Record Breakers" breaking his own record of beating drums. The drums were set in rows and he was beating each drum once as he ran along each row.

1980 – Success with bands of his own, but ultimately led to his most enduring role: as drummer for Ritchie Blackmore’s band Rainbow.

1998 – Died when he lost control of his car whilst talking to his girlfriend on his mobile phone on April 5th in Bristol, England.

         – Was working with long-time collaborator Brian May (of Queen) on material for Brian May’s next solo album ("Another World") at the time of his death. Much was completed, and Brian May chose to finish the project’s drum parts himself (through a mix of live and programmed percussion) rather than bring in a new session drummer.

         – Brian May’s first CD single from "Another World" featured an audio tribute to his friend Cozy titled "Brian Talks", as well as a PC & Mac enhanced CD-ROM video message. The single was dedicated: "A Tribute To Cozy Powell (1947 – 1998)".

3 (60%) 31 votes