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1) Don Powell, born Donald George Powell is an english musician best known as the drummer of Slade. He co-wrote a number of Slade’s earlier songs, mainly with Lea. Many of them can be found on the 1970 Slade album Play It Loud. He also co-wrote one of Slade’s Top 10 hits “Look Wot You Dun” with Holder and Lea in 1972, and made the breathing noises in the background of the song.

When Slade split up in 1991 Don Powell owned and operated an antique import/export company before he reconvened the band as Slade II in 1993 with Dave Hill. He has remained active with various line-ups to this day and has released the albums Keep On Rockin’ and Cum on Let’s Party!. The name of the band was shortened back to Slade in 1997.


2) Don Powell was inducted into the music industry as a young steel guitarist while still in high school. His parents had to sign a release for him to play music in some of the places where he worked. While being booked throughout New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma, he worked with many top recording artists including Johnny Horton and George Jones.

In 1960, Powell made a slight career adjustment and joined the staff of “KHEY” radio in El Paso, Texas. After his stint at “KHEY,” he worked at other stations in Texas, Alabama and Kansas.

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