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Cozy Cole


Jazz designer whose strike with Benny Goodman, “Topsy Component 2,” sold several mil copies and went Platinum. He worked well for CBS Radio in 1942 as an associate of its 1st mixed-race orchestra. He previously a cameo in the 1956 musical film Don’t Knock the Rock and roll, starring Alan Dale and offering such hit functions as Expenses Haley & His Comets and Small Richard. He resided in Columbus, Ohio until his loss of life from malignancy in 1981. He affected many future rock and roll drummers, such as for example Cozy Powell, who offered himself Cole’s nickname, “Cozy.”

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Full Name Cozy Cole
Date Of Birth October 17, 1909
Died January 9, 1981, Columbus, Ohio, United States
Place Of Birth East Orange, NJ
Profession Drummer
Education Juilliard School
Nationality American
Star Sign Libra

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1Along with Gene Krupa, he ran a drum tuition academy in New York during the early and mid-1950's. He duetted with Krupa in the motion picture The Glenn Miller Story (1954).
2Was the first black musician engaged as a member of a network musical staff, when he was hired by CBS in 1943 to work alongside Raymond Scott.
3Studied at the Juilliard School of Music.
4As member of an All-Star Orchestra led by Jack Teagarden and Earl Hines, he toured Europe in 1957 and the following year had a million selling singles hit with "Topsy". During the early 1960's, the Cozy Cole Combo performed at the Metropole in New York and a quintet led by Cole toured Africa between 1962 and 1963.
5Started on drums as a child, becoming professional in 1928. After playing in the orchestra of Wilbur Sweatman, he organised his first own band and, by 1930, recorded with Jelly Roll Morton. During the 1930's and 40's, he alternated leading small groups with playing for, among others, Cab Calloway, Benny Carter, Benny Goodman and the Louis Armstrong All-Stars.
6Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume One, 1981-1985, pages 170-171. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998.



Rules Don't Apply2016performer: "Topsy Part 2"
Like Mike2002performer: "Topsy, Part 2"
All You Need2001performer: "Topsy-Turvy"
Who Shot Patakango?1989performer: "Topsy Part II"
Timex All-Star Jazz Show1957-1958TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Make Mine Music1946performer: "After You've Gone" 1918 - as Cole



The Strip1951Drummer (uncredited)
Botta e risposta1950Musician

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After You've Gone1946Short musician: drums - as Cole
All the Cats Join In1946Short musician: drums - uncredited



After Hours1961Documentary shortHimself
The Dick Clark Show1958TV SeriesHimself
The Garry Moore Show1958TV SeriesHimself
Timex All-Star Jazz Show1957-1958TV SeriesHimself
The Glenn Miller Story1954Himself
Jazz Concert1949TV SeriesHimself

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