John Coghlan Facts – English Musician

John Coghlan Facts

John Coghlan is a revered English musician who is best remembered as one of the original members of the rock band Status Quo. He was the drummer in a group formed by schoolboys in the early 60s, that grew to earn critical acclaim in the world of rock music. While a lot is remembered about him, lets us look at some facts about John Coghlan you may not have known.

Early Life

John Coghlan FactsHis official name is John Robert Coghlan and he was born on a Thursday, 19th September 1964 in Dulwich, London, England. He went to school at the Kingsdale Comprehensive School but later on left at the tender age of 15 to pursue an apprenticeship as a mechanic. He was mentored as a drummer by Lloyd Ryan, which set him up for his illustrious career as a rock band drummer. John also has a nickname “spud” and his zodiac sign is Virgo.


His career began in 1962 when he joined bassist Alan Lancaster and guitarist Francis Rossi to form a band. Their famous union went through a metamorphosis of names including, The Scorpions, The Spectres, and Traffic Jam before finally settling for Status Quo. They released a string of hit records and albums while successfully touring around the world. John played for the band in their first fourteen albums before quitting the group. This was almost 20 years after he had joined them. The reason behind his decision to leave is not clear though it was made on an impulse.

John Coghlan FactsJohn Coghlan went on to continue playing in his own solo band called the John Coghlan’s Quo and working in musical projects with many noted musicians and bands such as Roy Wood, Chas Hodges, Partners in Crime, Rockers featuring Phil Lynott. In 2013 and 2014, John reunited with Alan Lancaster, Rick Parfitt, and Francis Rossi to perform on two sell-out tours in the UK and Europe.

He is remembered for various music styles including Hard rock, Boogie rock, Blues-rock and Rock n Roll. Throughout this time, he used equipment like the Premier drums, Yamaha drums, Avedis Zildjian, Vater Session and Vic Firth drumsticks. His favorite genres of music include jazz, traditional jazz, and rock while the groups he revered the most include the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, the Kinks, the Shadows, the Pretty Things and Led Zeppelin.

Current Life

Nowadays, John Coghlan lives in Shilton, Oxfordshire with his second wife of almost 30 years. He has one daughter, Charlotte, from a past relationship when he married his first wife Carol. John and Carol have once been in an episode of the TV series Cash in the Attic. He possesses a love for military vehicles and vintage four-wheel drives. He once took part in an off-roading video with members of his band. He is a patron of the Westie ReHoming” charitable organization.

John Robert Coghlan had a successful career in the Rock n Roll industry making a name for himself as a trailblazer and an idol to the later generations. The above are just some facts about his life you may want to know about.

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