Bop till You Drop

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Bop till You Drop
Ry Cooder, Bop till You Drop (1979).png
Studio album by Ry Cooder
Released July 1979[1]
Recorded Warner Brothers Recording Studios, North Hollywood, CA
Length 39:56
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Ry Cooder
Ry Cooder chronology
Bop till You Drop
The Long Riders
(1980)The Long Riders1980
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. The album was the first digitally recorded major-label album in popular music. Bop till You Drop was recorded on a digital 32-track machine built by 3M.[5][6]

The album consists almost entirely of covers of earlier rhythm and blues and rock and 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. Khan also performed on the only original track on the album, "Down in Hollywood".

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Little Sister" 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"
5. "Down in Hollywood"
6. "Look at Granny Run Run"
7. "Trouble, You Can't Fool Me"
8. "Don't Mess Up a Good Thing" Oliver Sain 4:08
9. "I Can't Win"
  • Lester Johnson
  • Clifton Knight
  • Dave Richardson


  • Jimmy Adams – vocals, backing vocals
  • David Alexander – photography
  • Ronnie Barron – organ, guitar, keyboards
  • Loyd Clifft – assistant engineer
  • Ry Cooder – guitars, 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
  • 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". Rate Your Music. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  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 Archived March 13, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. "Among the notable early pop releases cut on the 3M system included Ry Cooder’s Bop Till You Drop"