In the week up to Don’s
birthday there was a piece about him in the Danish news paper “Fyens
Stiftidende”. I don’t know who wrote it, but it must be a press release of some
sorts, as the source quoted is the Danish Ritzau News Agency. This is what it
“Saturday the 10th of
September, one of the band Slade’s founders, drummer Don Powell, is celebrating
his 70th birthday.
One of the biggest
successes within the seventies’ glam rock music was the four-piece band Slade. The
band delivered a string of hits to the charts worldwide. Even if you weren’t a
fan of Slade, you can probably sing along to the chorus of the catchy tune “Far
Don Powell grew up in
Wolverhampton where he met singer Noddy Holder, bassist Jim Lea and guitarist
Dave Hill. Together they became the band in 1966 that three years later took
the name Slade.
In 1991 the band split
up, but two years later Don Powell was back together with Dave Hill in the band
Slade II, which in 1997 once more was called just Slade. The band is still
going strong, performing all over Europe.
For instance, on the
12th of November where they perform at the Naestved Glam Rock Festival
and already on October 1st the band is playing in Fuglsoecentret on
This is not far from the
home of the English drummer. Today Don Powell is living in Silkeborg with his
Danish wife Hanne.
In 1973 Don Powell was
in a serious car accident, which resulted in him having to live with massive
amnesia problems. Despite of that, in 2010 the drummer along with Danish author
Lise Lyng Falkenberg released the book “Look Wot I Dun” about his life with
Don Powell and Slade
managed to have 24 songs on the British Top 40 list. Six of these were number
Among other things the
band has made six gold albums in England, which equals more than 100,000 sold
copies each, while one single reached platinum for selling a million copies.
The drummer, who was
known as a hard hitter, is planning to celebrate his 70th birthday
where his rock adventure started, namely in Wolverhampton together with his