Cozy Cole

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. The track peaked at No. 29 in the UK Singles Chart in 1958. The recording contained a long drum solo and was one of the few drum solo recordings to make the charts at Billboard magazine. The single was issued by Love Records, a small record label in Brooklyn, New York. Cole's song "Turvy II" reached No. 36 in 1959.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 17th, 1909 (East Orange), Died January 9th, 1981 (Columbus)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1930 - 1964

Roles Represented in DAHR: drums, traps

Notes: Sometimes listed as Cosy Cole. As a Willie Bryant Orchestra sideman, listed in Victor ledgers as "W. Cole."

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 197 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-59504 10-in. 3/5/1930 Each day Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BVE-59505 10-in. 3/5/1930 If someone would only love me Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BVE-59506 10-in. 3/5/1930 That'll never do Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BVE-59507 10-in. 3/5/1930 I'm looking for a little blue bird Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BVE-62182 10-in. 6/2/1930 Oil well Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BVE-62183 10-in. 6/2/1930 Load of coal Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BVE-62184 10-in. 6/2/1930 Crazy chords Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BVE-62185 10-in. 6/2/1930 Primrose stomp Jelly Roll Morton ; Red Hot Peppers Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-99972 10-in. 4/9/1936 It is true what they say about Dixie? Willie Bryant Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-99973 10-in. 4/9/1936 All my life Taft Jordan ; Willie Bryant Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-99974 10-in. 4/9/1936 The right somebody to love Jack Butler ; Willie Bryant Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-99975 10-in. 4/9/1936 The glory of love Willie Bryant Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-99976 10-in. 4/9/1936 Ride, red, ride Willie Bryant ; Willie Bryant Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-99977 10-in. 4/9/1936 Moonrise on the lowlands Willie Bryant Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-07792 10-in. 4/14/1937 Buzzin' 'round with the bee Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-07793 10-in. 4/14/1937 Whoa babe Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, traps  
Victor BS-07794 10-in. 4/14/1937 Stompology Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-07864 10-in. 4/26/1937 On the sunny side of the street Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, drums  
Victor BS-07866 10-in. 4/26/1937 China stomp Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor PBS-09644 10-in. 8/16/1937 Confessin' (That I love you) Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, drums  
Victor PBS-09680 10-in. 9/5/1937 The object of my affections Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, drums  
Victor PBS-09681 10-in. 9/5/1937 Judy Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, drums  
Victor PBS-09682 10-in. 9/5/1937 Baby, won't you please come home Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, drums  
Victor PBS-09683 10-in. 9/5/1937 Everybody loves my baby Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band instrumentalist, drums  
Victor PBS-09684 10-in. 9/5/1937 After you've gone Lionel Hampton Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo instrumentalist, drums  
(Results 1-25 of 197 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Cole, Cozy," accessed August 12, 2020, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104569.

Cole, Cozy. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 12, 2020, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104569.

"Cole, Cozy." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 12 August 2020.

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