David Bennett Cohen


David Bennett Cohen

David Bennett Cohen (born August 4, 1942, Brooklyn, New York) is an American musician best known as the original keyboardist for the late-1960s psychedelic rock and blues band Country Joe and the Fish.

Early Life and Influences

Cohen's musical career began at age seven, when he began seven years of classical piano training. He also learned to play guitar at age nine. When he was fourteen, Cohen heard boogie-woogie piano for the first time, and from then on his playing was influenced by boogie-woogie, as well as piano blues. When he was young Cohen attended live performances of Otis Spann, Professor Longhair, Meade Lux Lewis among others.

Career

During his career, Cohen has played and/or recorded with The Blues Project, Mick Taylor, Luther Tucker, Elvin Bishop, Hubert Sumlin, Melvin Van Peebles, Happy and Artie Traum, Arlen Roth, Eric Anderson, David Blue, Tim Hardin, Norton Buffalo, Jerry Miller, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Buddy Miles, John Cipollina, Huey Lewis, Michael Bloomfield, Bob Weir, Country Joe McDonald, John Kahn, Johnnie Johnson, Jimmy Vivino, Jay Owens, Debbie Davies, Byther Smith, Bobby Kyle, Rocky Lawrence, Johnny B. Gayden, Sandra Feva, Kenny Rankin, Bonnie Raitt, Richard Thompson, Jerry Garcia, Leo Kottke, Rufus Thomas, Meat Loaf, Booker T. Jones, The Roches, Kingfish, The J. Geils Band, Magic Dick and many others.

References

1. DBC Biography -- http://www.davidbennettcohen.com/bio2.htm


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