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Robert Wayne Colomby (born 20 December 1944, in New York) is a jazz-rock fusion drummer, record producer and television presenter. He is best known as an original member of the group Blood, Sweat & Tears, which he co-founded in 1967. He has also played with many other musical artists.
Early life and familyEdit
The group's self-titled second album was an even bigger critical and commercial hit. It reached #1 on the same chart and featured 3 hit singles, And When I Die, You've Made Me So Very Happy and Spinning Wheel. The group appeared at the Woodstock festival in August 1969 and the album won a Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1970.
Colomby was the last original member of Blood, Sweat & Tears when he stopped performing with the group in 1976. Along with Roy Halee he co-produced the group's 1977 album Brand New Day. After many changes in the group membership he became (in the end) the de facto owner of the Blood Sweat & Tears name.
He played drums and percussion on Eddie Palmieri's Grammy nominated album Lucumi, Macumba & Voodoo in 1978.
In 2002 Colomby began producing a series of albums for trumpeter Chris Botti, including, December, When I Fall in Love, To Love Again, Italia and Impressions and the DVDs Chris Botti Live with Special Guests and Chris Botti in Boston.
Colomby maintains ownership of the "Blood, Sweat & Tears" band name and, although he no longer plays with the band, he still oversees their musical direction.