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Jools worked with many top artists in London Recording Studio's as well as on tour among those :-

 

Uriah Heep

(4 LPs)
Motorhead
(including Ace of Spades)
 

Hawkwind

 (2 LPs)
The Real Thing
 

Cliff Richard

We Don't Talk Any more
 

YES (Drama)

AC/DC
Slade
Osibisa
Paul Young
Leo Sayer

 

 

Jools Cooper was born in Hertford, England, November 30th 1958. Both parents were musicians, and during infancy he recalls them giving music lessons at home so therefore it was no surprise when he began playing the piano at around four years old. Growing up in the sixties watching the Rolling Stones on 'Ready Steady Go' and early 'Top of the Pops' it was perhaps inevitable that he should take up the guitar. Although his parents insisted on a classical training it was the electric guitar that beckoned 'My dad brought home a copy of 'It's All Over Now' by the Rolling Stones and after that I guess I just wanted to be Keith Richards!' ned 'My dad brought home a copy of 'It's All Over Now' by the Rolling Stones and after that I guess I just wanted to be Keith Richards!'

Going through various different school bands ended with his band. Frakah winning the London heat of the Melody Maker 'Folk Rock' contest. In the same year, 1976 he found himself commuting into London with sound engineer Brian Humphries to the Britannia Row recording studio, where Pink Floyd were recording the album 'Animals' 'Brian insisted that I took my guitar with me, David Gilmour was so patient answering my many questions and gave me some great advice, I suppose he became a mentor for me after that'.

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Jools with Frakah Jools in the studio during   the Pink Floyd days

 

The Rockets, Jools, Geoff Britton & Steve Emery Jools on stage with Io

Jools went to live in Spain in the 1980's and eventually formed The Rockets along with drummer Geoff Britton (ex Wings and Manfred Mann's Earth Band) and bassist Steve Emery (ex Stretch and Eric Clapton). Emery quit to join top Spanish band Revolver in 1997 and the band continued to early 2000 with ex Robert Palmer bassist Derek Gill.

During the nineties Jools also worked as a session player, and his guitar playing could frequently be heard on the radio on records by a number of different Spanish artists. He was also guitarist, songwriter and co-producer of Spanish rock band "Io" who in Jools opinion were "The greatest Spanish band never to have made it!"
After a two and half year spell with Jools Cooper's Bad Habit Band, releasing the CD En Vivo, The Rockets reformed with Humble Pie bassist Greg Ridley until Greg's untimely death in November 2003. The Rockets then continued with ex Lindisfarne bassist Tommy Duffy until the return of Steve Emery in 2007. (see Rockets page for band biography)

 Bad Habit Christian Pearl, Jools, Steve Heald and Derek Gill Jools with PHOENIX in Bucharest, Romania 2002 Jools, Luis and Steve Jools and Steve Emery at Rockets Gig

Jools lives in Benitachell, a small town in Alicante province on Spain's east coast. Apart from working all over Spain with The Rockets, he regularly plays solo gigs in small venues close to home and has done so since 1999 when he began performing Monday nights in Rustys, Benitchell.

 

 

copyright  Alta Records 2007

Jools Cooper, The Rockets, Geoff Britton, Steve Emery, Greg Ridley, Ken Hensley, Pink Floyd, Fender Guitars, Uriah Heep

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