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Ry Cooder

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Whether serving being a program musician, single musician, or soundtrack composer, Ry Cooder’s chameleon-like fretted instrument virtuosity, songwriting, and options of materials encompass a remarkably eclectic selection of North American music styles, including rock and roll & move, blues, reggae, Tex-Mex, Hawaiian, Dixieland jazz, nation, folk, R&B, gospel, and vaudeville. The 16-year-old Cooder started his profession in 1963 inside a blues music group with Jackie DeShannon and created the short-lived Increasing Sons in 1965 with Taj Mahal and Soul drummer Ed Cassidy. Cooder fulfilled maker Terry Melcher with the Increasing Sons and was asked to execute at several classes with Paul Revere & the Raiders. During his following career like a program musician, Cooder’s brand slide guitar function graced the recordings of such performers as Captain Beefheart (Safe and sound as Dairy), Randy Newman, Small Feat, Vehicle Dyke Parks, the Moving Stones (ALLOW IT Bleed, Sticky Fingertips), Taj Mahal, and Gordon Lightfoot. He also made an appearance within the soundtracks of Chocolate and Overall performance. Cooder produced his debut like a single designer in 1970 having a self-titled recording featuring tunes by Leadbelly, Blind Willie Johnson, Sleepy John Estes, and Woody Guthrie. The follow-up, In to the Crimson Valley, launched longtime cohorts Jim Keltner on drums and Jim Dickinson on bass, and it and Boomer’s Tale mainly repeated and processed the syncopated design and mood from the 1st. In 1974, Cooder created what’s generally thought to be his best recording, Paradise and Lunch time, and its own follow-up, Chicken Pores and skin Music, showcased a potent mixture of Tex-Mex, Hawaiian, gospel, and spirit, and featured efforts from Flaco Jimenez and Gabby Pahinui. In 1979, Bop Right up until You Drop was the 1st major-label recording to become documented digitally. In the first ’80s, Cooder started to augment his single result with soundtrack focus on such movies as Blue Training collar, The Long Riders, as well as the Border; he has truly gone to compose music for Southern Comfort and ease, Goin’ South, Paris, Tx, Streets of Open fire, Alamo Bay, Blue Town, Crossroads, Cocktail, Johnny Attractive, Metal Magnolias, and Geronimo. Music by Ry Cooder (1995) put together two discs’ well worth of shows from Cooder’s film function. In 1992, Cooder became a member of Keltner, John Hiatt, and renowned English tunesmith Nick Lowe, most of whom got performed on Hiatt’s Bring the Family members, to form Small Town, which toured and documented one recording. Cooder flipped his focus on world music, documenting the recording A Meeting from the River with Indian musician V.M. Bhatt. Cooder’s following task, a duet recording with renowned African guitarist Ali Farka Touré entitled Talking Timbuktu, earned the 1994 Grammy for Greatest World Music Documenting. His following globe crossover would become probably one of the most well-known musical rediscoveries from the 20th hundred years. In 1997, Cooder journeyed to Cuba to create and play with several son music artists who got little exposure beyond their homeland. The ensuing recording, Buena Vista Sociable Golf club, was a platinum-selling worldwide success that produced celebrities of Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer, and Rubén González, and gained Cooder another Grammy. He continuing to focus on projects along with his Buena Vista bandmates, including a cooperation with Manuel Galbán in 2003 entitled Mambo Sinuendo. His additional function in the 2000s included classes with Wayne Taylor, Aaron Neville, Warren Zevon, and Spanish diva Luz Casal. In 2005, Cooder released Chavez Ravine, his 1st single record since 1987’s Obtain Rhythm; the record was the first entrance within a trilogy of recordings in regards to the disappearance of Los Angeles’ ethnic background due to gentrification. Chavez Ravine was accompanied by I AM Pal in 2007, and the ultimate chapter within the saga, I, Flathead in ’09 2009. This year 2010, Cooder was contacted by Paddy Moloney from the Chieftains to create an record. Moloney have been enthusiastic about an historical accounts from the San Patricios, a music group of immigrant Irish military who deserted the American Military through the Mexican-American Battle in 1846 to combat for the various other side, contrary to the Express Future ideology of Adam Polk’s America. Cooder decided and the outcome was San Patricio, which brings this fascinatingly complicated tale alive. In early 2011, Cooder was used by way of a headline about bankers as well as other moneyed people who’d in fact profited from the lender bailouts and causing mortgage and overall economy, and had written the music “No Banker LEFT OUT,” which became the very first music on 2011’s Draw Up Some Dirt and SIT BACK, an recording that reached completely back again to his first recordings for musical motivation while telling topical ointment stories about problem — politics and sociable — the erasure as well as the rewriting of American background, and an growing class war. Per month after its launch, Defeat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s fabled Town Lights publishing home issued Cooder’s 1st collection of brief fiction entitled LA Stories. He continuing to check out his socio-political muse with Election Unique, released in the summertime of 2012, and in 2013 released Reside in SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA, his 1st live recording in 35 years, with Corridos Famosos (boy Joachim on percussion, Flaco Jimenez on accordion, Robert Francis on bass, and vocalists Terry Evans, Arnold McCuller, and Juliette Commagere). The ten-piece Mexican brass music group La Banda Juvenil also guested. In 2014, Rhino Information provided an epic-scale take a look at Cooder’s function in film rating with Soundtracks, a seven-disc container set put together from his film music from the ’80s and ’90s.

Quick Facts


Full Name Ry Cooder
Date Of Birth March 15, 1947
Profession Teacher, Guitarist, Singer, Music Producer, Songwriter, Session musician, Film Score Composer, Bandleader
Education Reed College
Nationality American
Children Joachim Cooder
Parents Bill Cooder, Emma Casaroli Cooder
Awards Grammy Award for Best World Music Album, Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Album, Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album, Grammy Award for Best Album for Children, Echo Award for Best International Rock/Pop Group, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Documentary Film, Echo Award for Jazz Production
Music Groups Buena Vista Social Club, Little Village, Rising Sons
Music Songs Jesus on the Mainline, Feelin' Bad Blues, Vigilante Man, Dark End of the Street, He'll Have to Go, Down In Hollywood, Across the Borderline, Crazy 'Bout an Automobile, Why Don't You Try Me, The Very Thing That Makes You Rich, Paris, Texas, Down in Mississippi, Little Sister, How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?, Goodnight Irene, Chinito Chinito, I Think It's Going to Work Out Fine, Tamp 'em Up Solid, Smack Dab in the Middle, Go Home Girl, Drive Like I Never Been Hurt, Let's Have a Ball, No Banker Left Behind, Tattler, How Can You Keep Moving, Great Dream From Heaven, Comin' In on a Wing and a Prayer, Poor Man's Shangri-La, Going Back to Okinawa, Houston in Two Seconds, Goin' to Brownsville, Get Rhythm
Albums Bop till You Drop, Chicken Skin Music, Paradise and Lunch, Into the Purple Valley, Chávez Ravine, Get Rhythm, Boomer's Story, Jamming with Edward!, Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down, Election Special, Crossroads, Buena Vista Social Club, I, Flathead, Borderline, The Slide Area, My Name Is Buddy, A Meeting by the River, Live in San Francisco, Jazz, Mambo Sinuendo, Ry Cooder, Paris, Texas, The Long Riders, Live in Hamburg 1977, Johnny Handsome, Blue City, Trespass, Show Time, The Border, The End of Violence, Primary Colors, Down At the Field (Live), Live At The Bottom Line '74, Ditty Wah Ditty (Live), The Complete Bottom Line 1974 (Live), Live to Air, Showtime, Ebbets Field, Transmission Impossible (Live), Johnny Handsome [OST], Live at the Cotati Cabaret (Live), Radio Live, Live!, Acoustic Performance Radio Branch 12th December 1972 - Complete FM Radio Broadcast (Remastered), Radio Live: Ry Cooder, Two Long Riders (Live), The Record Plant session, Sausalito, CA July 7, 1974 (Live FM Radio Concert Remastered In Superb Fidelity)
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Americana Album, Grammy Award for Best Folk Album, Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album, Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance, BAFTA Award for Best Film Music, Latin Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Tropical Album, Latin Grammy Award for Producer of the Year
Movies Crossroads, Paris, Texas, The Long Riders, Southern Comfort, Streets of Fire, Alamo Bay, Johnny Handsome, Blue City, Geronimo: An American Legend, Trespass, The Border, My Blueberry Nights, Last Man Standing, The End of Violence, Brewster's Millions, Primary Colors, The Assignment, Chávez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story


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#Fact
1 Father of Joachim Cooder.
2 Inspired Duane Allman to learn how to play slide guitar.
3 Plays slide guitar in band "little Village".


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hawaii Five-0 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Warrior's Way 2010 writer: "Jesse James"
Shawn Hayes: Movie Critic 2010 TV Series short performer: "PARIS, TEXAS" / writer: "PARIS, TEXAS"
Lokakuun valoa 2009 TV Movie performer: "Bodas de oro"
Charlie Wilson's War 2007 arranger: "THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE"
My Blueberry Nights 2007 arranger: "Eyes on the Prize" / performer: "Eyes on the Prize", "Drume Negrita"
Parashat Ha-Shavua 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Meet the Fockers 2004 performer: "A Meeting by The River" / writer: "A Meeting by The River"
John Lee Hooker: Come and See About Me 2004 Video performer: "Hobo Blues"
The Big Bounce 2004 performer: "Patricia"
Shabatot VeHagim TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2003 writer - 1 episode, 2003
L'auberge espagnole 2002 performer: "Aï Du"
Unfaithful 2002 performer: "Ai Du" 1994
One Hour Photo 2002 performer: "African Queen" / writer: "African Queen"
Night at the Golden Eagle 2001 writer: "Across the Borderline"
Super Speedway 2000 Documentary performer: "Highway 23", "Bomber Bash" / writer: "Highway 23", "Bomber Bash", "Sunny's Tune"
A Civil Action 1998 lyrics: "Hard Workin' Man" 1978
L'assedio 1998 performer: "Diaraby" / producer: "Diaraby"
Phoenix 1998 performer: "I Can't Win"
Primary Colors 1998 performer: "HAPPY MEETING IN GLORY", "JERICHO BLUES" / writer: "HAPPY MEETING IN GLORY", "JERICHO BLUES", "WIDE SKY"
Addicted to Love 1997 performer: "Soukora"
The End of Violence 1997 performer: Score Contains a Four Bar Sample / writer: Score Contains a Four Bar Sample
Tohuwabohu 1997 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Last Man Standing 1996 performer: "How Long, How Long Blues", "You Got To Reap What You Sow", "Denver Blues", "Bumble Bee Blues"
Irma Vep 1996 performer: "Soukora"
Dead Man Walking 1995 performer: "Isa Lei" / producer: "In Your Mind"
Cadillac Man 1990 performer: "TATTLER" / writer: "TATTLER"
Steel Magnolias 1989 performer: "I GOT MINE" 1976 / writer: "I GOT MINE" 1976
Cocktail 1988 performer: "All Shook Up" / producer: "All Shook Up"
Extreme Prejudice 1987 producer: "LA CHANCLA", "AY JALISCO NO TE RAJES", "QUE TE VAYA BONITO", "PERO HAY QUE TRISTE", "A TOTONILCO", "LA FERIA DE LAS FLORES", "POR UN AMOR", "RELAMPAGO", "LAS GOLONDRINAS"
Blue City 1986 performer: "Blue City Down", "Don't Take Your Guns to Town" / writer: "Blue City Down", "Tell Me Something Slick and Make It Quick"
Crossroads 1986 performer: "CROSS ROADS", "WILLIE BROWN BLUES", "FEELIN' BAD BLUES", "BUTLER'S BAG", "HEAD CUTTIN' DUEL", "WALKIN' BLUES" / writer: "WILLIE BROWN BLUES", "FEELIN' BAD BLUES", "BUTLER'S BAG", "HEAD CUTTIN' DUEL", "WALKIN' BLUES"
Brewster's Millions 1985 lyrics: "In the Nick of Time" / music: "In the Nick of Time"
Alamo Bay 1985 "Too Close"
Streets of Fire 1984 producer: "GET OUT OF DENVER", "HOLD THAT SNAKE", "YOU GOT WHAT YOU WANTED", "FIRST LOVE FIRST TEARS", "RUMBLE" / writer: "HOLD THAT SNAKE", "YOU GOT WHAT YOU WANTED"
Knight Rider 1983 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Border 1982 writer: "Across the Borderline", "Too Late", "Skin Game"
The Long Riders 1980 arranger: "Hold to God's Unchanging Hand" - uncredited
Goin' South 1978 music: "Available Space" / performer: "Available Space"
Blue Collar 1978 lyrics: "Hard Workin Man"
Saturday Night Live TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1976 writer - 1 episode, 1976
Performance 1970 "The Hashishin" / performer: "Gone Dead Train"
Watermelon Man 1970 "Great Guy", "Soul'd On You"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Calavera Highway 2008 Documentary special performance by
P.O.V. 2008 TV Series documentary music - 1 episode
My Blueberry Nights 2007 musician: guitar
My Journey Home 2004 TV Movie documentary musician
Buena Vista Social Club 1999 Documentary music mixer / musician
The End of Violence 1997 guitar / musician
Last Man Standing 1996 musician: guitars
Dead Man Walking 1995 music producer: songs / musician: additional guitar
Trespass 1992 scoring musician
Beverly Hills Buntz 1987-1988 TV Series composer - 13 episodes
Extreme Prejudice 1987 source music producer
The Color Purple 1985 mandolin - uncredited
Streets of Fire 1984 scoring band
Southern Comfort 1981 music arranger / musician: guitar
The Long Riders 1980 music arranger / musician
Blue Collar 1978 special musical arrangements
Performance 1970 musician

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Grand Trip 2016 Documentary
The New Haven Raids 2007 Documentary short
My Blueberry Nights 2007
Independent Lens 2005 TV Series documentary 1 episode
Chavez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story 2003 Documentary short
Primary Colors 1998
The End of Violence 1997
Last Man Standing 1996
Geronimo: An American Legend 1993
Trespass 1992
Johnny Handsome 1989
Tales from the Crypt 1989 TV Series 1 episode
Cowboy Joe 1987 TV Movie
Blue City 1986
Crossroads 1986
Tall Tales & Legends 1985 TV Series 1 episode
Brewster's Millions 1985
Alamo Bay 1985
Streets of Fire 1984
Paris, Texas 1984
The Border 1982
Southern Comfort 1981
The Long Riders 1980 music composed by

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Long Riders 1980 Musician (uncredited)

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ry Cooder & The Moula Banda Rhythm Aces: Let's Have a Ball 1988 Documentary producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Frontline 2002 TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode
Dead Man Walking 1995 special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Conan 2014 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
California Comes to the Whistle Test 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself
This Ain't No Mouse Music 2013 Documentary Himself
Village Music: Last of the Great Record Stores 2012 Documentary Himself
Tavis Smiley 2012 TV Series Himself
The People Speak 2009 Documentary
Talking Guitars 2007 Documentary Himself
Mississippi Rising 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Later... With Jools Holland 2005 TV Series Himself
Breakfast 2005 TV Series Himself
John Lee Hooker: Come and See About Me 2004 Video Himself
Warren Zevon: Keep Me in Your Heart 2003 TV Movie Himself
Charlie Rose 1999 TV Series Himself - Guest
Buena Vista Social Club 1999 Documentary Himself
Lola da musica 1997 TV Series Himself
The Wizard of Oz in Concert: Dreams Come True 1995 TV Movie documentary
The Great Music Experience 1994 TV Movie Himself
John Lee Hooker and Friends 1992 TV Movie Himself
The Ghost of Faffner Hall 1989 TV Series Himself
Ry Cooder & The Moula Banda Rhythm Aces: Let's Have a Ball 1988 Documentary Himself
Wired 1988 TV Series Himself - Performer
Kippevel 1988 TV Series Himself
The 29th Annual Grammy Awards 1987 TV Special Himself
Randy Newman: Live at the Odeon 1982 TV Movie Himself
Saturday Night Live 1976 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1999 LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Documentary/Non-Fiction Film Buena Vista Social Club (1999) · Wim Wenders
1986 Georges Delerue Prize Ghent International Film Festival Best Original Music Crossroads (1986)
1985 Joseph Plateau Award Joseph Plateau Awards Best Score
1980 LAFCA Award Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards Best Music The Long Riders (1980)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2000 Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music BAFTA Awards Buena Vista Social Club (1999) · Nick Gold
1999 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Music, Original Comedy/Musical Score Primary Colors (1998) · Carly Simon
1985 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Score Paris, Texas (1984)


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#Trademark
1 Frequent use of open tunings on his guitars.
2 Fender Stratocaster.
3 Frequently plays slide guitar.

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