Al Copley

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s


1952, Buffalo, New York, USA. Copley played piano from an early age, taking formal lessons but leaning strongly towards boogie woogie. In the mid-60s he formed a band, Ponce De Leon And The Young Ones, and later in the decade was a founder member of Roomful Of Blues. Formed in 1967 with guitarist Duke Robillard, the band became very popular, touring extensively and recording several albums. The growing popularity of Roomful Of Blues, owing in part to some very well received albums, directed Copley’s thoughts to developing a solo career.

When he started out as a solo artist, in the mid-80s, Copley chose to establish himself first in Europe. He was very successful, playing at festivals and forming close musical alliances with Eric Clapton and with Jimmie Vaughan. Meanwhile, he maintained his links with Roomful Of Blues and reunited with them for occasional gigs in the late 80s. Through the 90s, Copley’s solo career thrived and his...

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