Tag Archives: Ry Cooder

Buffy Sainte-Marie: She Used to Wanna Be a Balerina

In March 1971, “Vanguard” label released “She Used to Wanna Be a Ballerina” the seventh Buffy Sainte-Marie album. It was recorded in 1970, and was produced by Jack Nitzsche and Buffy Sainte-Marie.


  • Buffy Sainte-Marie – vocals
  • Jesse Ed Davis – guitar
  • Neil Young – guitar 
  • Ry Cooder – guitar
  • Jack Nitzsche – piano
  • Merry Clayton – backing vocals
  • Gayle Levant – harp
  • Crazy Horse

Track listing:

All tracks by Buffy Sainte-Marie, except where noted.

  1. Rollin’ Mill Man – Gerry Goffin, Russ Titelman
  2. Smack Water Jack – Gerry Goffin, Carole King
  3. Sweet September Morning
  4. She Used to Wanna Be a Ballerina
  5. Bells – Leonard Cohen
  6. Helpless – Neil Young
  7. Moratorium
  8. The Surfer – Buffy Sainte-Marie, Ariel Gonzales, Carlos Pardeiro
  9. Song of the French Partisan – Anna Marly, Hy Zaret
  10. Soldier Blue
  11. Now You’ve Been Gone for a Long Time

David Lindley

On March 3, 2023, David Perry Lindley died aged 78. He was musician (violin, acoustic and electric guitar, lap steel guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, upright and electric bass, cittern, bağlama,  gumbus,  charango,  cümbüş,  oud  and zither. Lindley was founding member of the bands Kaleidoscope and El Rayo-X, recorded and performed with Ry Cooder, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Curtis Mayfield, Dolly Parton, Waren Zevon, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, James Taylor, David Crosby, Terry Reid, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Toto, Rod Stewart, Dan Fogelberg, Joe Walsh, Henry Kaiser, G. E. Smith, Wally Ingram, Hani Naser, Leonard Cohen, The Youngbloods, America, Maria Muldaur, Iain Matthews, Lonnie Mack, Karla Bonoff, Jimmy Barnes, Emmylou Harris, Tanita Tikaram, Marshall Crenshaw, Shawn Colvin, Jerry Joseph, Dzukis Kuche, Ben Harper, Jordan Zevon, Rickie Lee Jones, Arlen Roth and The Sound Field.

Maria Muldaur: Same

In August 1973, “Reprise” label released the self-titled, debut Maria Muldaur album. It was recorded in 1973, at “Warner Bros Studios” in Hollywood, and was produced by Lenny Waronker and Joe Boyd.


  • Maria Muldaur – vocals
  • Ry Cooder – acoustic guitar
  • Andrew Gold – acoustic guitar
  • David Nichtern – acoustic and electric guitar
  • Clarence White – acoustic guitar
  • David Lindley – Hawaiian guitar
  • Bill Keith – banjo, steel guitar
  • David Grisman – mandolin
  • Dr. John – keyboards, horn arrangements
  • Jim Dickinson – piano
  • Mark T. Jordan – piano
  • Spooner Oldham – piano
  • Greg Prestopino – vocal and background vocals, piano
  • James Gordon – organ, clarinet
  • Chris Ethridge – bass
  • Klaus Voormann – bass
  • Ray Brown – bass
  • Dave Holland – bowed bass
  • Jimmy Calhoun – bass
  • Tommy McClure – bass
  • Freebo – bass
  • Amos Garrett – vocals, bass, guitar
  • Jim Keltner – drums
  • Ed Shaughnessy – drums
  • John Boudreaux – drums
  • Jim Gordon – drums
  • Chris Parker – drums
  • Nick DeCaro – accordion, string arrangements
  • Jerry Jumonville – alto horn, horn arrangements
  • Artie Butler – alto horn, horn arrangements
  • Richard Greene – violin
  • Beryl Marriott – violin
  • Larry Packer – violin, viola
  • Karen Alexander – backing vocals
  • Gloria Jones – backing vocals
  • Ellen Kearney – backing vocals
  • Bettye LaVette – backing vocals
  • Jessica Smith – backing vocals

Track listing:

  1. Any Old Time – Jimmie Rodgers
  2. Midnight at the Oasis – David Nichtern
  3. My Tennessee Mountain Home – Dolly Parton
  4. I Never Did Sing You a Love Song – David Nichtern
  5. The Work Song – Kate McGarrigle
  6. Don’t You Feel My Leg (Don’t You Get Me High) – Blue Lu Barker, Danny Barker, J. Mayo Williams
  7. Walkin’ One and Only – Dan Hicks
  8. Long Hard Climb – Ron Davies
  9. Three Dollar Bill – Mac Rebennack
  10. Vaudeville Man – Wendy Waldman
  11. Mad Mad Me – Wendy Waldman

Ry Cooder: Get Rhythm

In November 1987, “Warner Bros” label released “Get Rhythm”, the eleventh Ry Cooder album. It was recorded in 1987, at “Ocean Way Studios” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Ry Cooder.


  • Ry Cooder – vocals, guitar, arrangements
  • Van Dyke Parks – keyboards
  • Flaco Jiménez – accordion
  • Steve Douglas – saxophone
  • Jorge Calderón – bass guitar
  • Buell Neidlinger – acoustic bass
  • Jim Keltner – drums
  • Miguel Cruz – percussion
  • Bobby King, Terry Evans, Arnold McCuller, Willie Greene, Jr. – backing vocals
  • Larry Blackmon – backing vocals
  • Harry Dean Stanton – backing vocals
  • Ed Cherney – recording
  • Steven M. Martin – art direction
  • Kalan Brunink – black velvet painting

Track listing:

  1. Get Rhythm – Johnny Cash
  2. Low Commotion – Ry Cooder, Jim Keltner
  3. Going Back to Okinawa – Ry Cooder
  4. Thirteen Question Method – Chuck Berry
  5. Women Will Rule the World – Raymond Quevedo
  6. All Shook Up – Elvis Presley, Otis Blackwell
  7. I Can Tell by the Way You Smell – Walter Davis
  8. Across the Borderline – Ry Cooder, Jim Dickinson, John Hiatt
  9. Let’s Have a Ball – Allen Bunn

Arlo Guthrie: Washington County

In October 1970, “Reprise” label released “Washington County”, the third Arlo Guthrie studio album. It was recorded in August 1970, and was produced by Lenny Waronker and John Pilla.


  • Arlo Guthrie – vocals, banjo, guitar, piano, autoharp, harp
  • Ry Cooder – bottleneck guitar
  • John Pilla – guitar, autoharp, harmony vocals
  • Clarence White – electric guitar
  • Doug Dillard – banjo
  • Hoyt Axton – vocals, bass
  • Chris Ethridge – bass guitar
  • Gary Walters – bass guitar
  • Richie Hayward – drums
  • Barry Feldman – executive producer
  • Van Dyke Parks – co-producer

Track listing:

All tracks by Arlo Guthrie, except where noted.

  1. Introduction
  2. Fencepost Blues
  3. Gabriel’s Mother’s Hiway Ballad #16 Blues
  4. Washington County
  5. Valley to Pray – Doc Coutson, John Pilla, Arlo Guthrie
  6. Lay Down Little Doggies – Woody Guthrie
  7. I Could Be Singing
  8. If You Would Just Drop By
  9. Percy’s Song – Bob Dylan
  10. I Want to Be Around

John Sebastian: Tarzana Kid

In August 1974, “Reprise” label released “Tarzana Kid”, the sixth John Sebastian album. It was recorded in 1974, and was produced by Erik Jacobsen and John Sebastian.


  1. John Sebastian – vocals, acoustic, electric and rhythm guitar, banjo, marimba, harmonica, autoharp, dulcimer, arranger
  2. Ry Cooder – mandolin, slide guitar
  3. Lowell George – vocal, harmony vocals, guitar
  4. Amos Garrett – guitar
  5. Russell Dushiell – guitar
  6. Jerry McKuen – guitar
  7. Ron Koss – guitar
  8. Buddy Emmons – steel guitar
  9. David Grisman – mandolin
  10. Kenny Altman – bass
  11. Milt Holland – drums
  12. Jim Gordon – drums
  13. Kelly Shanahan – drums
  14. Bobbye Hall – congas
  15. David Lindley – fiddle
  16. Richie Olson – clarinet
  17. Pinter Sisters – vocals
  18. Emmylou Harris – vocal
  19. Phil Everly – backing vocals
  20. Donn Landee, John Boyd, Peter Granet, Steve Jarvis – engineer
  21. Basin St. Graphics – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by John Sebastian, except where noted.

  1. Sitting In Limbo – Guilly Bright, Jimmy Cliff
  2. Friends Again
  3. Dixie Chicken – Fred Martin, Lowell George
  4. Stories We Could Tell
  5. Face Of Appalachia – John Sebastian, Lowell George
  6. Wild Wood Flowers – traditional
  7. Wild About My Lovin’ – traditional
  8. Singing The Blues – Melvin Endsley
  9. Sportin’ Life – Joe Butler, Steve Boone, Zal Yanovsky
  10. Harpoon – E. Jacobsen, K. Shanahan, K. Altman, Neopolitan, R. Koss

Jon Hassell

On June 26, 2021, Jon Hassell died aged 84. He was musician (trumpet) and composer, best known as creator of the “Fourth World” music concept. He recorded and performed with artists such as Brian Eno, Terry Riley, the Theatre of Eternal Music, Talking Heads, Farafina, Peter Gabriel, Tears for Fears, Ani DiFranco, Techno Animal, Ry Cooder, Moritz von Oswald, Carl Craig, Francesco Guccini, La Monte Young, David Sylvian, Lloyd Cole, Alice, Marc Beacco, Les Nouvelles Polyphonies Corses, Hector Zazou, Stina Nordenstam, David Toop, Jackson Browne, K. D. Lang, Holly Cole, Mandalay, Hal Wilner, Nick Wood, Rick Cox, Frou Frou, Ibrahim Ferrer and John Balke. As leader, co-leader, Hassell released 18 albums.

Steve Douglas

On April 19, 1993, Steve Douglas died aged 54. He was musician (saxophone, flute), recorded and performed with Bob Dylan, Ry Cooder, Phil Spector, The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, Duane Eddy, Sammy Hagar, Mink DeVille, The Ramones and Leonard Cohen. As leader, Douglas released eight albums.

Larry Taylor

On August 19, 2019, Samuel Lawrence Taylor aka Larry Taylor died aged 77. He was musician (bass), best known as a member of Canned Heat. He recorded and performed with a big number of musicians and bands, including The Gamblers, The Monkees, Jerry Lee Lewis, Boyce & Hart, Sunnyland Slim, Don “Sugarcane” Harris, Albert King, Leo Kotke, The Ventures, Shakey Jake Harris, Free Creek, Louis Myers, Mike “Hollywood Fats” Mann, The Grandmothers, Colin Winski, Chuck E. Weiss, John Lee Hooker, John Hammond Jr., Ry Cooder, Charlie Musselwhite, Kim Wilson, Sam Phillips, Terry Evans, JJ Cale, Randy Resnick, Al Blake, Dale Hawkins, Kelly Joe Phelps, Tracy Chapman, Wanda Jackson, Buddy Guy, Chris Murphy, Solomon Burke, Harvey Mandel, John Mayall, and Tom Waits.

Richie Hayward

On August 12, 2010, Richard “Richie” Hayward died aged 64. He was a musician (drums), best known as the drummer of Little Feat. Hayward recorded and performed with many artists including Paul Rodgers, The Doobie Brothers, Bob Dylan, Peter Frampton, Buddy Guy, Arlo Guthrie, Al Kooper, Linda Ronstadt, Bob Seger, Carly Simon, Nancy Sinatra, Stephen Stills, Tom Waits, John Cale, Warren Zevon, Warren HaynesJoan Armatrading, Delaney Bramlett, Kim Carnes, Eric Clapton, Ry Cooder, James Cotton,  Jonny Lang, Barbra Streisand, Eric Lynn, Nils Lofgren, Taj Mahal, Coco Montoya, Robert Palmer, Van Dyke Parks, Robert Plant, Helen Watson, and Jimmy Herring.