Ry Cooder influenced the Stones sound from '69 on. He 'taught' Keith the open G tuning and was concreted into the Stones sound. Gram Parsons was an influence on Keith as well but IMO, Ry was the bigger of the two.
Bobby Charles (February 21, 1938 – January 14, 2010) was an American singer-songwriter.
An ethnic Cajun, Charles was born as Robert Charles Guidry in Abbeville, Louisiana and grew up listening to Cajun music and the country and western music of Hank Williams. At the age of 15, he heard a performance by Fats Domino, an event that "changed my life forever," he recalled.
Charles helped to pioneer the south Louisiana musical genre known as swamp pop. His compositions include the hits "See You Later, Alligator", which he initially recorded himself as "Later Alligator", but which is best known from the cover version by Bill Haley & His Comets; and "Walking to New Orleans", written for Fats Domino.
"(I Don't Know Why) But I Do" was an early 1960s song that Charles composed, which Clarence "Frogman" Henry had a major hit with, and which was on the soundtrack to the 1994 film, Forrest Gump.
On November 26, 1976, Charles was invited to play with The Band at their farewell concert, The Last Waltz. Charles played "Down South in New Orleans", with the help of Dr. John and The Band. The performance was recorded and released as part of the triple-LP The Last Waltz box set. The performance was not captured on film however, and did not appear in the film based on the concert with Charles only appearing briefly in the concert's final song, "I Shall Be Released" (he is largely blocked from view during the song). That song, sung by Bob Dylan and pianist Richard Manuel, featured backup vocals from the entire ensemble, including Charles.
For 15 years, beginning in 1958, the Ash Grove presented music as a major voice for the experiences, beliefs and feelings of communities and peoples. It was an important focus in the lives of over 100,000 Los Angelenos. The performance standards and creative interplay among musicians, young and old, produced many great artists, enriched the lives of audiences, and gave the club a leading role in the culture of a generation.
Muddy Waters, Linda Ronstadt, Lenny Bruce, Joan Baez, Phil Ochs, Taj Mahal, Jerry Garcia, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and dozens of other stars all played at the Ash Grove. Flatt & Scruggs, Bill Monroe and Doc Watson performed their first West Coast concerts here. Bluesmen Lightnin' Hopkins, Mississippi John Hurt and Mance Lipscomb also frequented the legendary club.
The lead guitarist in my band is obsessed with Ry. He's pretty damn good.