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Al Kooper

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Brooklyn NY, United States (February 5, 1944 – present)

Al Kooper (born Alan Peter Kuperschmidt February 5, 1944, Brooklyn, New York) is an American songwriter, producer and musician, probably best known for organizing the group Blood, Sweat & Tears, though he didn’t stay with the group long enough to share its popularity.

His first musical success was as a 14-year-old guitarist in the Royal Teens, best known for their novelty blues riff, “Short Shorts”. In 1960, he joined the song-writing team of Bob Brass and Irwin Levine, who wrote the hit, “This Diamond Ring”, for Gary Lewis And The Playboys. When he was 21, he moved to Greenwich Village.

He performed with Bob Dylan in concert in 1965 and in the studio in 1965 and 1966, including playing Hammond organ with Dylan at the (in)famous Newport Folk Festival of 1965. He worked extensively with Mike Bloomfield for a number of years after the two met as studio musicians on Dylan’s legendary Highway 61 Revisited album.

In 1965, he co-formed The Blues Project and played their most famous gig at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. He formed Blood, Sweat & Tears in the same year, leaving after the group’s first album, Child Is Father to the Man, in 1968.

Kooper played on hundreds of records, including The Rolling Stones, B.B. King, The Who and Cream. On occasion, he has even overdubbed on his own efforts, as on The Live Adventures Of Mike Bloomfield And Al Kooper album, as Roosevelt Gook. He discovered the band Lynyrd Skynyrd, and produced their first three albums, including the single Sweet Home Alabama. Kooper also wrote the score for the TV series, Crime Story, and has also written music for several made-for-television movies. Kooper also produced a now rare album by a group called Appaloosa.

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  • radioacrata

    "Supersession" es un clásico absoluto del rock

    10 Apr 4:05pm Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    Also check out Bloomfield, Kooper, Stills >> I mean the Super Session album

    4 Jan 9:47pm Reply
  • EvanSites

    Long Live Al Kooper!

    27 Feb 2012 Reply
  • negativeboy

    In' only on Black coffe of his solo stuff, and man…, it's a gourgeus work for an old man, he got the blues.

    30 Dec 2011 Reply
  • manonadune

    I agree with ElecticSoul921. Al Kooper is a genius. I've always been a big fan of his music and after hearing him interviewed on a 'word' podcast am even more of a fan. He has fascinating insights. Al Kooper's work with the Blues Project and Blood Sweat and Tears has always been amongst my favourite music. His memory of Dylan's electric Newport appearance casts a different light on received history. http://www.wordmagazine.co.uk/podcast

    2 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Coop123

    listening to I stand alone album...Never heard anything like it, but i'm diggin it

    11 Sep 2009 Reply
  • RedigaRehder

    Al is awesome, yes.

    28 Jun 2009 Reply
  • MamaLuigi

    I second Kooper being a genius and the man.

    17 May 2009 Reply
  • KaileenaFarah

    love him.

    12 Apr 2009 Reply
  • DrFreddie

    This is a very good version. I am a big fan of the Ray Charles treatment of this song but I really like the way Al Kooper has approached it.

    1 Feb 2009 Reply
  • ElectricSoul921

    I need to listen to some of his solo stuff. But I've listened to enough of the songs where he was a session man, or where he co-wrote something. He's a genius.

    6 Aug 2008 Reply
  • lhwad

    What Up Al

    15 Apr 2008 Reply

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