Wednesday, July 06, 2005 Article: An avatar of rock \'n\' roll history

An avatar of Rock 'n' Roll history
He bluffed his way, playing an organ he didn't know
how to turn on, into the most famous sideman turn
in rock history: the Hammond B-3 cascades that
helped define Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" and
then "Blonde on Blonde." He was present at the creation
of the New York rock scene with the still-beloved
Blues Project; concocted perhaps the best rock horn
band ever - the original incarnation of Blood, Sweat and
Tears - and discovered and recorded Lynyrd Skynyrd,
the Southern rock avatars. He played the French horn part
at the beginning of the Rolling Stones hit
"You Can't Always Get What You Want" and recorded
with George Harrison the day after John Lennon died.

At 61, almost no one alive has lived as much rock 'n' roll
history as Kooper in his assorted lives as performer,
producer, sideman, songwriter, hustler, author, talent scout,
enthusiast, critic and muse.

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