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Ry Cooder


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Los Angeles, United States (1947 – present)

Ryland “Ry” Peter Cooder (b. 1947) is a guitarist, singer and composer from the United States. He is known mostly for his slide guitar work, his passion for American roots music, and for his collaborations with The Rolling Stones, the Buena Vista Social Club and many other musicians from countries all around the world.

Born in Los Angeles, California on 15th March 1947, Cooder first attracted attention in the 1960s, playing with Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band, after having worked with Taj Mahal in The Rising Sons.

He was a session guitarist on various recording sessions with The Rolling Stones in 1968 and 1969; Cooder’s contributions most notably appear on the Stones’ Beggars Banquet where he shares a prominent credit with pianist, Nicky Hopkins on the back cover. He continued to appear on the succeeding albums, Let It Bleed, and Sticky Fingers, on which he contributed the haunting slide guitar solo to “Sister Morphine”. Cooder is reputed to have taught Keith Richards to play in open-G tuning, now a Richards hallmark, as well as to have written the open-G signature riff of “Honky Tonk Women”. He was briefly considered to fill the departed Brian Jones’ place in the Rolling Stones, but reportedly Cooder and Keith Richards did not get along very well. For some time after the sessions, Cooder accused Keith Richards of “ripping him off” musically, but now refuses to talk about his experiences with the Stones. Cooder played slide guitar for the 1970 film Performance, which contained Mick Jagger’s first solo single, “Memo From Turner” on which Cooder played guitar.


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  • Tsauro

    According to, since 2008, I have spent one full day (24 hrs 8 mins to be exact) listening to the music of Ry Cooder. It was a very good day.

    18 Feb 7:49pm Reply
  • Debaser987

    The album "Boomer's Story" is one of the finest moments in American music.

    21 Dec 2014 Reply
  • gaahdicksonia

    Cancion Mixteca always in my heart!

    9 Jun 2014 Reply
  • at5-5

    Comin' In On A Wing And A Prayer ^q^

    7 Mar 2014 Reply
  • galenmoas3

    Big Shout Out From Sioux Falls,S.D.Check n in.

    16 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Monty__

    The Paris, Texas soundtrack is incredible. Has he done anything else like it?

    11 Dec 2013 Reply
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    22 Nov 2013 Reply
  • at5-5

    Boomer It's me!

    17 Mar 2013 Reply
  • hjbardenhagen

    Seems to be a live album released by Orange Leisure, just saw it on Rdio: Spotify has it as well.

    15 Jan 2013 Reply
  • FerociousPanda

    I can't find anything on the 'new' 2012 release 'Feeling Good', except here on Anyone have any leads?

    22 Dec 2012 Reply
  • sgoldcoast

    Agree with paulbrouns. Delta Times is fantastic and Ry's guitar playing is as brilliant as usual!

    14 Oct 2012 Reply
  • paulbrouns

    Check out the new album by Hans Theessink and Terry Evans - with Ry Cooder as a guest: Delta Times. I got it through iTunes and have been listening all day long... Great tribute to the Mississippi Delta Blues!!!

    21 Sep 2012 Reply
  • DeadKinks

    @optimisticky Perhaps you should pay more attention to the lyrics of his last few albums if his music "makes you feel happy with the way things are going".

    18 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Guy-Fawkes

    Feelin' Bad Blues

    16 Sep 2012 Reply
  • optimisticky

    ry cooder puts me in a good place. when i listen to ry cooder i am really happy with the way things are going!

    14 Sep 2012 Reply
  • foggytown

    Definitely channeling Woody Guthrie on his most recent albums. If you want hard hitting socio-political lyrics backed up by a folksy blues acoustic rock sound, Ry Cooder is your man.

    12 Sep 2012 Reply
  • FxMarciat

    Hey! Here we go! Debut solo EP available now!!! Share, Like... Thank you

    7 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Strobozirgs

    Ry Cooder is an awesome slide guitar/folkish-blues kinda guy! I love how accurately his music portrays emotions and thoughts. Also, my boyfriend always makes fun of his name, BUT IT DASNT MATTER, cause Ry Cooder is a great man! <3 <3 <3

    22 Aug 2012 Reply
  • gmachine_24

    Just got Election Special. .... this and Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down are both social/political cds . . . no banker left behind is one for the history books.............. and you can dance to it!! well, OK, some..............

    11 Aug 2012 Reply
  • tcanofpee

    and by that i mean Election Special.

    2 Aug 2012 Reply
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