Al Kooper

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Al Kooper (born Alan Peter Kuperschmidt; February 5, 1944) is a retired American songwriter, record producer and musician, known for organizing Blood, Sweat & Tears, although he did not stay with the group long enough to share its popularity.[1] Throughout much of the 1960s and 1970s he was a prolific studio musician, playing organ on the Bob Dylan song "Like a Rolling Stone", French horn and piano on the Rolling Stones song "You Can't Always Get What You Want", and lead guitar on Rita Coolidge's "The Lady's Not for Sale", among many other appearances. Kooper also produced a number of one-off collaboration albums, such as the Super Session album that saw him work separately with guitarists Mike Bloomfield and Stephen Stills. In the 1970s Kooper was a successful manager and producer, recording Lynyrd Skynyrd's first three albums. He has also had a successful solo career, writing music for film soundtracks, and has lectured in musical composition.

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Al Kooper
Al Kooper during an interview in 2009
Al Kooper during an interview in 2009
Background information
Birth nameAlan Peter Kuperschmid
Also known asRoosevelt Gook
Born (1944-02-05) February 5, 1944 (age 79)
Brooklyn, New York, US
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • producer
  • Vocals
  • keyboards
  • guitar
  • bass
  • percussion
  • mandolin
Years active1958–2021
LabelsABC Records