Even appearing on national television with an ex-Beatle—as a teenager, no less—couldn’t have prepared him for the rock ’n’ roll glory that lay just around the corner.
Methodically and magnificently, one of future metal’s brightest lights is going to places most of us mortals would never dare.
In the ’70s, chart-dominating hits like “Shining Star,” “Let’s Groove,” and “September” made Earth, Wind & Fire a household name.
He showed us new ways to think about jazz drumming. There will never be another like him.
Billy Cobham is widely regarded as the premier drummer of jazz-rock fusion’s golden era—and he remains a dynamic and revered player to this day.