Ray Cooper

Raymond Cooper (born 19 September 1947[1][2]) is an English musician. He is a session and road-tour percussionist, and occasional actor, who has worked with numerous musically diverse bands and artists including Peter Maffay, George Harrison, Billy Joel, Rick Wakeman, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd and Elton John. Cooper absorbed the influence of rock drummers from the 1960s and 1970s such as Ginger Baker, Carmine Appice and John Bonham. Incorporation of unusual instruments (for rock drummers of the time) such as cowbells, glockenspiel and tubular bells, along with several standard kit elements, helped create a highly varied setup.

Ray Cooper
Cooper on tour with Elton John in January 2010 at a concert in Hawaii
Background information
Born (1947-09-19) 19 September 1947 (age 74)
Watford, Hertfordshire, England
Occupation(s)Musician, actor
InstrumentsPercussion, drums, piano, tambourine.
Years active1960s–present
Associated actsElton John, Billy Joel, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Mark Knopfler, Roger Waters, Maynard Ferguson, Traveling Wilburys, Joan Armatrading, Weezer, Ravi Shankar, Harry Nilsson

Continually modified to this day, Cooper's percussion set offers a large array of percussion instruments for sonic diversity such as the tambourine, congas, crash cymbals, cowbells, rototoms, tubular bells, the gong, snare drum and timpani.