Ron Cornelius

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Ron Cornelius
Born U.S.
Genres Country, Rock
Occupation(s) Musician, producer
Instruments Guitar, banjo
Associated acts Leonard Cohen, West, Ron Cornelius and the Untouchables Band, Captain Zoom

Ron Cornelius is a session musician and producer who has played on albums by Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Al Kooper and Loudon Wainwright III.[1] He is also the president of Gateway Entertainment which was established in 1986.[2] As a producer he has produced Miko Marks's Freeway Bound album in 2007.[3] He is also the co-writer of "Chelsea Hotel No. 2" which has been covered by many artists including Rufus Wainwright.[4]

Artist Biography[edit]

In the mid-1960s Cornelius was a member Capt. Zoom & The Androids aka Captain Zoom. They released three singles including "Here Comes Captain Zoom" b/w "The Zoom".[5] Later he was a key member of a folk country rock band called West that was formed in San Francisco in 1967 that also featured Cornelius on lead guitar and vocals, Michael Stewart on guitar. Other members were Joe Davis, Bob Claire, Jon Sagen and Lloyd Perata.[6] The band recorded the album West in 1968 and two others.[7]

His solo album Tin Luck released on Polydor, PD50ll featured Joe Davis on bass and Paul Distel on drums.[8] He played both guitar and keyboards. Most of the tracks on the album were composed by him.[9]


He produced the third album by Miko Marks which was scheduled for release in Spring 2007.[10]

Session work[edit]

Some of the session work he has done includes work with Charles E. Daniels, Bubba Fowler at the Columbia Recording Studios at Nashville, Tennessee on March l7, 1970,. This was produced by Bob Johnston and the tracks were "Early Morning Rain", " Woogie Boogie", "Copper Kettle", "Belle Isle" and "All The Tired Horses".[11] He has also worked alongside Charlie McCoy, Al Kooper and David Bromberg in a recording session for Bob Dylans 1973 album Dylan.[12]

Solo discography[edit]

  • Tin Luck, Polydor PD5011[13]

Session discography (partial)[edit]


  1. ^ All Music Ron Cornelius Credits
  2. ^ 2013 Songwriter's Market edited by Roseann Biederman P 140 Markets
  3. ^ Black Planet Miko Marks "Country Singer/Songwriter"
  4. ^ All Music Rufus Wainwright Chelsea Hotel No 2
  5. ^ Grateful Dead Family Discography Capt. Zoom AKA Captain Zoom and the Androids
  6. ^ All Music West Biography
  7. ^ Badcat Records West
  8. ^ Audio Radio Magazine, Incorporated, 1972 Page 95
  9. ^ Discogs Ron Cornelius – Tin Luck
  10. ^ Official Miko Marks Website Biography
  11. ^ PunkHart Productions Bob Dylan: The Recording Sessions Part Two By Michael Krogsgaard
  12. ^ Life on the Tracks: Bob Dylan's Songs By Guido Bier P 491
  13. ^ Billboard 20 Nov 1971 Page 66 New LP/Tape Releases