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Bop till You Drop

Bop till You Drop
Studio album by Ry Cooder
Released July 1979[1]
Recorded Warner Brothers Recording Studios, North Hollywood, CA
Genre R&B, blues rock
Length 39:56
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Ry Cooder
Ry Cooder chronology
Bop till You Drop
The Long Riders
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau B+[3]
Rolling Stone (favorable)[4]

Bop till You Drop is Ry Cooder's eighth album, released in 1979 (see 1979 in music). This was the first major-label digitally recorded album of Pop music. It was recorded on a 32-track machine built by 3M.[5][6]

The album consisted almost entirely of covers of earlier R&B and rock'n'roll classics, including Elvis Presley's "Little Sister" and the 1965 Fontella Bass-Bobby McClure hit "Don't Mess Up a Good Thing", on which Cooder duetted with soul star Chaka Khan, who also performed on the only original track on the album, "Down in Hollywood".


  • Track listing 1
  • Personnel 2
  • Charts 3
    • Album 3.1
  • References 4

Track listing

  1. "Little Sister" (Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman) – 3:49
  2. "Go Home, Girl" (Arthur Alexander) – 5:10
  3. "The Very Thing That Makes You Rich (Makes Me Poor)" (Sidney Bailey) – 5:32
  4. "I Think It's Going to Work Out Fine" (Rose Marie McCoy, Sylvia McKinney) – 4:43
  5. "Down in Hollywood" (Cooder, Tim Drummond) – 4:14
  6. "Look at Granny Run Run" (Jerry Ragovoy, Mort Shuman) – 3:09
  7. "Trouble, You Can't Fool Me" (Frederick Knight, Aaron Varnell) – 4:55
  8. "Don't Mess Up a Good Thing" (Oliver Sain) – 4:08
  9. "I Can't Win" (Lester Johnson, Clifton Knight, Dave Richardson) – 4:16


  • Jimmy Adams – vocals, backing vocals
  • David Alexander – photography
  • Ronnie Barron – organ, guitar, keyboards
  • Loyd Clifft – assistant engineer
  • Ry Cooder – bass, guitar, mandolin, vocals, background vocals, producer
  • Tim Drummond – bass
  • Vicki Fortson – production coordination
  • Cliff Givens – vocals, backing vocals
  • Rev. Patrick Henderson – organ, keyboards
  • Lee Herschberg – engineer
  • David Kraai - Technical support
  • Milt Holland – percussion, drums
  • Bill Johnson – backing vocals
  • Herman E. Johnson – vocals, backing vocals
  • Jim Keltner – drums
  • Chaka Khan – vocals
  • Bobby King – vocals, backing vocals
  • David Lindley – guitar, mandolin
  • Randy Lorenzo – vocals, backing vocals
  • Reggie McBride – bass
  • George "Biggie" McFadden – vocals, backing vocals
  • Simon Pico Payne – vocals
  • Greg Prestopino – vocals, backing vocals
  • Penny Ringwood – production coordination
  • Mike Salisbury – design



Year Chart Peak
1979 Billboard Pop Albums 62


  1. ^ "Bop Till You Drop by Ry Cooder".  
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Robert Christgau review
  4. ^ Rolling Stone review
  5. ^ Roger Nichols I Can’t Keep Up With All The Formats II "The Ry Cooder Bop Till You Drop album was the first digitally recorded pop album"
  6. ^ Mix online 1978 3M Digital Audio Mastering System "Among the notable early pop releases cut on the 3M system included Ry Cooder’s Bop Till You Drop"
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