Jimmy Copley

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James "Jimmy" Copley
Born29 December 1953 [1]
London, England
Died13 May 2017(2017-05-13) (aged 63)
Bristol, England
Spouse(s)Sachi Caroline Taylor (m. 1984-2014)
ChildrenJack Copley (son) Johnny Copley (son) Jerome Alexandre (son)

James Frank Copley (29 December 1953 – 13 May 2017) was an English rock drummer.


Copley was largely a session musician [2] who has worked with Jeff Beck, [3] Graham Parker, Upp, Paul Young, Magnum, Roger Glover, Ian Gillan and Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple, Go West, Killing Joke, Tears for Fears, Seal, Tony Iommi and Paul Rodgers. [2] Copley was the drummer with Manfred Mann's Earth Band since 2007.

Copley was a master of the open-handed drumming technique. The method is without crossing the hands when playing the hi-hat (or ride-cymbal) and snare drum simultaneously as opposed to the more traditional way of playing drums which features crossed hands as the basic playing position.

Copley had been a long time Tama drums endorser. He has used Superstar, Granstar, Artstar II and Starclassic drums throughout the years. [4] Another long time association is with Zildjian Cymbals. Copley also used Vic Firth drumsticks. [5]


According to University Hospital Bristol, Copley had been diagnosed with leukemia in 2015 and relapsed following a bone marrow transplant. He opted to discontinue chemotherapy. In Copley's final days, his hospital room was transformed into a temporary recording studio so that he and friends could record an EP to benefit the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre and Royal United Hospital, in Bristol. [6]

Selected discography


Tears For Fears

Stone Free - Jimi Hendrix Tribute

Curt Smith

Martin Page


Paul Rodgers


Tony Iommi

Go West


Jimmy Copley


  1. "Epilogue: Personal Facts" (in German). Magnum. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  2. 1 2 "Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Band Members (Jimmy Copley)". Platform-end.co.uk. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  3. Carson, Annette (2001). Jeff Beck: Crazy Fingers. San Francisco, CA: Backbeat Books. p. Page 226. ISBN   0-87930-632-7.
  4. "Tama Drums: Jimmy Copley". Tama. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
  5. "Artist Roster". Vic Firth. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  6. "Drummer Jimmy Copley Dies". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 14 October 2017.