5 Songs You May Not Have Realized Ry Cooder Played On
Given that heâs sitting comfortably in the top 10 of Rolling Stoneâs 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, you wonât be surprised to learn that Ry Cooderâs skills as an axe-man have been utilized by many bands and singers over the years, but here are five songs that you may not have realized Ry was playing on.
1. Paul Revere and the Raiders, âGet It Onâ (1966): Cooder was only just getting started in the music business when he contributed bottleneck guitar to âGet It On,â or at least weâre pretty sure he did. There arenât actually any credits listed on the album, but Cooder has spoken of the sessions for the album in previous interviews, as itâs where he first met Van Dyke Parks.
2. Pat Boone, âFriendsâ (1968): Ry contributed to the last three songs on Booneâs 1969 album DEPARTURE, but he mixed things up a bit musically. On âBad News,â he plays electric bottleneck guitar, but he broke out his mandolin for âBreak My Mindâ and this track, which closes out the albumâ¦eventually. (Youâll understand what we mean after youâve listened to it.)
3. The Monkees, âAs We Go Alongâ (1968): This track from the HEAD soundtrack is remembered by Micky Dolenz in particular because â as he recalled to Entertainment Weekly â âCarole King had to teach me to sing in 5/4 time,â but you can tell that heâs still damned proud of the fact that the song features guitar work not only by Cooder but by Neil Young as well.
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4. The Rolling Stones, âLove in Vainâ (1969): Rumors abound about how many Stones sessions Cooder sat in on over the years, but one remark thatâs been confirmed is that he was in the running as a replacement for Brian Jones but apparently opted out in favor of doing his own thing. All things considered, that was probably the better choice.
5. Randy Newman, âMama Told Me Not to Comeâ (1970): One of the songs that helped put Newman on the map, thanks to Three Dog Nightâs iconic cover version, but Newman had Cooder in his camp, which means his version is still cooler.
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