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Ray Cooper

perc, *1942 GB, Watford
Musician / Producer of Pop, R&B/Soul and Rock
A.k.a. Raymond Cooper

Raymond Thomas "Ray" Cooper (born 19 September 1942) is an English virtuoso percussionist. He is a session and road-tour percussionist, and occasional actor, who has worked with several musically diverse bands and artists including George Harrison, Billy Joel, Rick Wakeman, Eric Clapton, and Elton John. Cooper absorbed the influence of rock drummers from the 1960s and 1970s such as Ginger Baker, Carmine Appice, and John Bonham. Incorporation of unusual instruments (for rock drummers of the time) such as cowbells, glockenspiel, and tubular bells, along with several standard kit elements, helped create a highly varied setup. Continually modified to this day, Cooper's percussion set offers an enormous array of percussion instruments for sonic diversity such as the tambourine, congas, crash cy

     
Instruments
  • Percussion
  • Drums
  • Congas
Genres
  • Pop
  • R&B/Soul
  • Rock
  • Jazz
  • Electronic
Popular Tracks   
Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word - Live From Moscow / 1979 on Live From Moscow by Elton John & Ray Cooper
Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting) / Pinball Wizard - Live From Moscow / 1979 on Live From Moscow by Elton John & Ray Cooper
Funeral For A Friend - Live From Moscow / 1979 on Live From Moscow by Elton John & Ray Cooper
Bennie And The Jets - Live From Moscow / 1979 on Live From Moscow by Elton John & Ray Cooper
Tonight - Live From Moscow / 1979 on Live From Moscow by Elton John & Ray Cooper
Better Off Dead - Live From Moscow / 1979 on Live From Moscow by Elton John & Ray Cooper
Crazy Water - Live From Moscow / 1979 on Live From Moscow by Elton John & Ray Cooper
Impulsion on Percussion Spectrum by Barry Morgan & Ray Cooper
Tropical Peace on Percussion Spectrum by Barry Morgan & Ray Cooper
Samba Street (A) on Percussion Spectrum by Barry Morgan & Ray Cooper

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Band Members
Discography
Title Artist Year Type
ELTON JOHN featuring RAY COOPER. LIVE 2009Elton John, Ray Cooper2009Album
Pastourelle (Inspired by the Songs of the Auvergne)Barbara Courtney-King, Rod Argent, Ray Cooper, Julian Lloyd Webber And The Gabrielli String Quartet1982Album
Percussion SpectrumBarry Morgan And Ray Cooper1979Album
Everybody's Cup Of TeaRay Cooper1977Album
Morning SkyJohn Williams, Rick Wakeman, Ray Cooper, Chris Spedding, Herbie FlowersCompil.
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