5 February 1944, Brooklyn, New York, USA. Kooper embarked upon a professional music career in 1959 as guitarist in the Royal Teens, who had enjoyed a novelty hit the previous year with Short Shorts. He became a noted New York session musician and later forged a successful songwriting partnership with Bobby Brass and Irwin Levine. Their collaborations included This Diamond Ring, a chart-topper for Gary Lewis And The Playboys, I Must Be Seeing Things (Gene Pitney) and The Water Is Over My Head (the Rockin Berries). In 1965, producer Tom Wilson asked Kooper to attend a Bob Dylan session. With Mike Bloomfield already installed on guitar, the eager musician opted for organ, an instrument with which he was barely conversant. Dylan nonetheless loved his instinctive touch which breathed fire into Like A Rolling Stone and its attendant Highway 61 Revisited album. Kooper maintained his links with Dylan over...
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