In July 1979.

In July 1979, “Warner Bros” label released “Bop till You Drop”, the eight Ry Cooder album. It was recorded in 1978, at “Warner Brothers Recording Studios” in Hollywood, and was produced by Ry Cooder. It was the first digitally recorded major-label album in popular music, recorded on a digital 32-track machine built by 3M.


  • Ry Cooder – vocals, guitars, mandolin
  • David Lindley– guitar, mandolin
  • Ronnie Barron– organ, guitar, keyboards
  • Loyd Clifft – assistant engineer
  • Tim Drummond– bass
  • Cliff Givens – vocals, backing vocals
  • Patrick Henderson– organ, keyboards
  • Milt Holland– percussion, drums
  • Herman E. Johnson – vocals, backing vocals
  • Jim Keltner– drums
  • Chaka Khan– vocals
  • Jimmy Adams – vocals
  • Simon Pico Payne – vocals
  • Bobby King– vocals, backing vocals
  • Randy Lorenzo – vocals, backing vocals
  • George “Biggie” McFadden – vocals, backing vocals
  • Greg Prestopino – vocals, backing vocals
  • Bill Johnson – backing vocals
  • Lee Herschberg – engineer
  • Mike Salisbury – design
  • David Alexander – photography
  • David Kraai – technical support
  • Penny Ringwood – production coordination
  • Vicki Fortson – production coordination

Track listing:

  1. Little Sister – Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman
  2. Go Home Girl – Arthur Alexander
  3. The Very Thing That Makes You Rich (Makes Me Poor) – Sidney Bailey
  4. I Think It’s Going to Work Out Fine – Rose Marie McCoy, Sylvia McKinney
  5. Down in Hollywood – Ry Cooder, Tim Drummond
  6. Look at Granny Run Run – Jerry Ragovoy, Mort Shuman
  7. Trouble, You Can’t Fool Me – Frederick Knight, Aaron Varnell
  8. Don’t Mess Up a Good Thing – Oliver Sain
  9. I Can’t Win – Lester Johnson, Clifton Knight, Dave Richardson

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