Al Kooper has been quite the Renaissance Man of Rock.
Somehow, in a career that spans 50 years, he has managed
to turn up at key points in the last five decades. In 1958,
Koop began his professional career as guitarist in The Royal
Teens ("Short Shorts"). He transformed into a Tin Pan Alley
songwriter with cuts covered by Gary Lewis, Gene Pitney,
Keely Smith, Carmen MacRae, Pat Boone, Freddie Cannon,
Lulu, Lorraine Ellison, Donnie Hathaway and later was
sampled by The Beastie Boys, Jay-Z, Pharcyde, and
Alchemist to name but a few.
In the mid-sixties, Al was a member of The Blues Project and
then founded Blood Sweat & Tears, remaining only for their
debut album "Child Is Father To The Man." He then slipped
his producer hat on and began with the top ten album "Super
Session" in 1968 featuring Mike Bloomfield & Stephen Stills.
He is well known for his organ playing on Bob Dylan's "Like A
Rolling Stone." He played off & on with Dylan for many years,
live and in the studio