William Randolph "Cozy" Cole (October 17, 1909 – January 9, 1981) was an American jazz drummer who had hits with the songs "Topsy I" and "Topsy II". "Topsy II" peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, and at No. 1 on the R&B chart. It sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc. King, Thelonious Monk, Howlin' Wolf, Quincy Jones, Johnny Cash, Chuck.
4 people found this helpful. I recall Topsy from when I was a kid. This album has that and more but the cuts seem repetitious and compared to more preeminent drummers, not all that great.
William Randolph "Cozy" Cole was the definitive example of a drummer who directly applied the rudimental approach to jazz, and among the very few whose style evolved and spanned a number of eras. Through it all, listeners could hear virtually all of the 26 rudiments-flam taps, five-stroke rolls, paradiddles and more- applied directly to jazz drumming. He was a life-long student of the drums as well, studying at Julliard in the mid-1940s, with the New York Philharmonic's Saul Goodman, and opening his own drum school with dear friend Gene Krupa in New York in the mid-1950s.
Listen to music from Cozy Cole like Cozy's Mambo, Topsy II & more. Find the latest tracks, albums, and images from Cozy Cole. Cozy Cole (October 17, 1909 – January 9, 1981) was an American jazz drummer who scored a Cashbox magazine hit with the record "Topsy Part 2" (also known as "Topsy II", "Topsy 2", and so on). That song peaked at number three on Billboard Hot 100 and at number one on the R&B chart.
Cozy Cole Hits assembles 24 of Cole's recordings for the Love and Coral labels from 1958-1965, including all of his chart hits from the period. In addition to "Topsy II" and its many sequels, Cole steps behind the microphone to sing "Ol' Man Mose," covers Sandy Nelson's "Let There Be Drums," and is joined by a girl group that sings the praises of the "Rockin' Drummer. Most of the music follows in the big-band style of "Topsy II," but several of Cole's later recordings are clearly aimed at the rock & roll audience.
|A5||Topsy Turvy I||2:30|
|B1||Topsy I I||3:30|
|B3||Turvy I I||2:29|
|B4||Late & Lazy||2:10|
|B5||Topsy Turvy I I||2:22|