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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]

Bop Till You Drop
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1979[1]
RecordedWarner Brothers Recording Studios, North Hollywood, CA
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerRy Cooder
Ry Cooder chronology
Bop Till You Drop
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]
Christgau's Record GuideB+[3]
Rolling Stone(favorable)[4]

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 listingEdit

1."Little Sister"3:49
2."Go Home, Girl"Arthur Alexander5:10
3."The Very Thing That Makes You Rich (Makes Me Poor)"Sidney Bailey5:32
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 Sain4:08
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. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: C". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 23, 2019 – via
  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. ^ "1978 3M Digital Audio Mastering System". NewBay Media, LLC. 1 September 2007. Retrieved 23 December 2017.