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Ray Cooper


Ray Cooper (born August 19, 1942 in Watford, Hertfordshire) is an English musician. He is a session and road-tour percussionist who has worked with Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, and Elton John.

He has also worked in films, producing and performing music in several of Terry Gilliam's productions, and playing small roles. Among his early jobs were America, Carly Simon, David Essex, Blue Mink and especially Elton John (he played on most of his '70s albums). He had also played on Nicky Hopkins' 1973 solo album. Cooper got his short stint with the Stones playing percussion for their 1974 It's Only Rock and Roll album.

Later in that decade he recorded with George Harrison, Bryan Ferry, Wings and Art Garfunkel among others. Since then he's recorded with Paul McCartney and Elton John again, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters, the Traveling Wilburys and Ravi Shankar to name just a few.

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