Al Kooper

Al Kooper

Genre: Jazz

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Band Bio: A professional musician since his early teens, Al Kooper enjoyed his first real taste of pop music success during the nascent days of rock and roll as popular music. He joined The Royal Teens, who had a Top 5 hit with the tune "Short Shorts" in 1958 and a Top 30 hit a year later with "Believe Me." Kooper was hooked.

In addition to session work, he apprenticed as an audio engineer. He also teamed up with songwriters Bob Brass and Irwin Levine. This partnership yielded the chart topping smash, "This Diamond Ring," performed by Gary Lewis and the Playboys. It has now exceeded it's 3-millionth radio performance.

Kooper is far from semiretirement now. He co- produced the critically-acclaimed FOR THE LOVE OF HARRY: EVERYBODY SINGS NILSSON. This tribute to the late singer-songwriter and longtime Kooper pal, Harry Nilsson, is a strictly charity effort with all profits earmarked for The Coalition To Stop Gun Violence. Appearing alongside Al are Randy Newman, Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Jimmy Webb, Aimee Mann & Marc Cohn to name but a few of the 23 artists who appear at their own expense on the album. He hosted the 1995 TEC Awards (The audio industry?s Oscars) in New York City, bringing the crowd to it's feet with a chilling, solo performance of "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know."

His performances are popping up now on career-encompassing box sets by the likes of Tom Petty, Joe Cocker, The Who, The Rolling Stones & Dylan. Polygram recently released a 2 CD Blues Project Anthology, while SONY released the landmark "Live Adventures" album on CD featuring Kooper & Bloomfield at The Fillmore West in '69.

And most assuredly, Al will be seen in many live performances all over the world, either solo, with The Rekooperators or The Funky Faculty.