Cozy Cole

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Birthday
17, 1909
Birthplace
East Orange, NJ
Death Date
Jan 9, 1981 (71)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
17, 1909
Birthplace
East Orange, NJ
Death Date
Jan 9, 1981 (71)

About

Jazz artist whose hit with Benny Goodman, "Topsy Part 2," sold more than one million copies and went Gold.

Before Fame

He worked for CBS Radio in 1942 as a member of its first mixed-race orchestra.

Trivia

He had a cameo in the 1956 musical film Don't Knock the Rock, starring Alan Dale and featuring such hit acts as Bill Haley & His Comets and Little Richard.

Family Life

He resided in Columbus, Ohio until his death from cancer in 1981.

Associated With

He influenced many future rock drummers, such as Cozy Powell, who gave himself Cole's nickname, "Cozy."