Ry Cooder

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Ryland Peter "Ry" Cooder (born March 15, 1947) is an American musician, songwriter, film score composer, and record producer. He is a multi-instrumentalist but is best known for his slide guitar work, his interest in roots music from the United States, and his collaborations with traditional musicians from many countries.

Cooder's solo work has been eclectic, encompassing many genres. He has collaborated with many musicians, notably including Captain Beefheart, Ali Farka Touré, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Randy Newman, David Lindley, The Chieftains, and The Doobie Brothers, Carla Olson & the Textones (both on record and in film). He briefly formed a band named Little Village. He produced the Buena Vista Social Club album (1997), which became a worldwide hit. Wim Wenders directed the documentary film of the same name (1999), which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2000.

Cooder was ranked eighth on Rolling Stone magazine's 2003 list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" (David Fricke's Picks). A 2010 ranking by Gibson placed him at number 32.

Cooder is referenced in the lyrics of "At the Hundredth Meridian" by the iconic Canadian band, The Tragically Hip: "Get Ry Cooder to sing my eulogy" (Fully Completely, 1992). Lyricist and front-man Gord Downie announced a diagnosis of terminal brain cancer in May 2016.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 Ry Cooder Ry Cooder 3.5 4
1972 Boomer's Story Ry Cooder 6
1972 Into the Purple Valley Ry Cooder 5
1972 Jamming With Edward! Nicky Hopkins, Ry Cooder, Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman & Charlie Watts 2
1974 Paradise and Lunch Ry Cooder 5 6
1976 Chicken Skin Music Ry Cooder 5 5
1978 Jazz Ry Cooder 5
1979 Bop Till You Drop Ry Cooder 7
1980 Borderline Ry Cooder 7
1982 The Slide Area Ry Cooder 5
1987 Get Rhythm Ry Cooder 2
1993 A Meeting by the River Ry Cooder & V.M. Bhatt 5 3
1994 Talking Timbuktu Ali Farka Touré with Ry Cooder 4 3
2003 Mambo sinuendo Ry Cooder & Manuel Galbán 1
2005 Chávez Ravine Ry Cooder 1
2007 My Name Is Buddy Ry Cooder 2
2008 I, Flathead Ry Cooder 3 2
2010 San Patricio The Chieftains featuring Ry Cooder 3
2011 Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down Ry Cooder 4
2012 Election Special Ry Cooder 4

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 Why Don't You Try Me Tonight: The Best of Ry Cooder Ry Cooder 4
1994 River Rescue: The Very Best of Ry Cooder Ry Cooder 2
2006 The Soundtracks: The Border / Alamo Bay Ry Cooder 1
2008 The Ry Cooder Anthology: The UFO Has Landed Ry Cooder 1

Album + Compilation + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Music by Ry Cooder Ry Cooder 2

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1977 Show Time Ry Cooder 4
2013 Live in Hamburg 1977 Ry Cooder & The Chicken Skin Band 1
2013 Live in San Francisco Ry Cooder and Corridos Famosos 2

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 The Long Riders Ry Cooder 2
1982 The Border Ry Cooder 1
1985 Alamo Bay Ry Cooder 1
1985 Paris, Texas Ry Cooder 4 8
1986 Blue City Ry Cooder 2
1986 Crossroads Ry Cooder 4
1989 Johnny Handsome Ry Cooder 2
1993 Geronimo: An American Legend Ry Cooder 1
1993 Trespass Ry Cooder 4 1
1996 Last Man Standing Ry Cooder 1
1997 The End of Violence Ry Cooder 1
1998 Primary Colors Ry Cooder 2
Pecos Bill Robin Williams & Ry Cooder 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 634 - 5789 Ry Cooder 1

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