B. J. Cole

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B. J. Cole
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Background information
Birth name Brian John Cole
Also known as B. J.
Born (1946-06-17) 17 June 1946 (age 68)
Enfield, Middlesex
Genres Jazz
Instruments Pedal steel guitar
Associated acts Cochise
Luke Vibert
The Verve

Brian John "B. J." Cole (born 17 June 1946, in Enfield, Middlesex, England) is an English pedal steel guitarist. Coming to prominence in the early 1970s with the band Cochise, Cole has played in many styles of music, ranging from mainstream pop and rock, to jazz and eclectic experimental music.[1]

He played and is heavily featured with Deke Leonard's (~MAN) Help Yourself band at the legendary live concert/recording 'Christmas at the Patti, (19 Dec 1972 Patti Pavilion Swansea). The resultant album was issued as an unusual 10" double LP and at a budget price of only £1.43 due to vinyl shortages at the time of the 1970s energy crisis. He later played with Marc Bolan / T.Rex on their 1974 album Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow, as well as with Elton John on his albums Tumbleweed Connection and Madman Across The Water, specifically on the songs "Country Comfort" and "Tiny Dancer". For a few select appearances in 1998, Cole joined R.E.M. for live performances of the latter's "Daysleeper", "Country Feedback", "Man on the Moon", and a cover of Iggy Pop's "The Passenger", which closed out the band's appearance on Later with Jools Holland. He has also worked with Cat Stevens, Microdisney, Joan Armatrading, Kevin Ayers, Billy Connolly, Richard Ashcroft, The Verve, Luke Vibert, Graham Coxon, Roger Waters, The Orb, Juno Reactor, Rockin Dave Taylor, Depeche Mode, Doll by Doll, Devon Sproule, Björk, Chumbawamba, David Gilmour, Hanson, Ian Siegal, Jah Wobble, The Stranglers, Sting, Icebreaker and Brian Joseph Friel. Cole features on the track "Then I Close My Eyes" on David Gilmour's 2006 album On An Island. He also appears on The Moody Blues' 1981 album Long Distance Voyager playing on the track "In My World".

Cole also appeared (as 'Manley Footwear') in the Hank Wangford band. When The Verve's lead guitarist Nick McCabe left in the summer of 1998, Cole took over from him for the live dates.

He currently plays once a month at Darbucka World Music Bar in Clerkenwell, London, alongside Steve Lawson and other experimental ambient/jazz musicians as part of The Recycle Collective, and has recently been appearing as featured soloist with Icebreaker, in a live version of Brian Eno's album, Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks.


With Cochise

  • Cochise (United Artists Uas 29177) 1970
  • Swallow Tales (Liberty Lbg 83428) 1971
  • So Far (United Artists Uas 29286) 1972


  • The New Hovering Dog (1972)
  • Transparent Music (1989)
  • Heart of the Moment (1995)
  • Trouble in Paradise (2004)

With Luke Vibert

With Pete Molinari

  • A Virtual Landslide (2008)

With Icebreaker

Appeared on[edit]


  1. ^ Loftus, Johnny. "B.J. Cole Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Philip Clemo – Mesmer". propermusic.com. October 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Mohan, John (2010), "Rock-n-Roll on the Hard Shoulder", in Flamm, Christian; Sperlinger, Mike, Foxtrot Echo Lima Tango, London: Johnston & Vock, pp. 14–18 

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