Charlie Gillett - Ry Cooder - Brad of The Specials
Two more old radio shows in tribute to Charlie Gillett who died last week. Both from the Undercurrents series on Capital Radio around 1982/3. Ry Cooder had just undertaken his UK tour with the John Hiatt and his band and plays some favourite records and talks about the origins of some of his new songs. Brad of The Specials had just started his own Race record label and plays some initial releases.
I apologise for the poor recording quality - these cassettes are over 25 years old!
Wikipedia says of Ry Cooder -
"Ryland "Ry" Peter Cooder (born 15 March 1947, in Los Angeles, California) is an American guitarist, singer and composer.
He is known for his slide guitar work, his interest in blues-rock, roots music from his native North America, and, more recently, for his collaborations with traditional musicians from many countries.
Cooder's solo work has been an eclectic mix, taking in dust bowl folk, blues, Tex-Mex, soul, gospel, rock, and much else. He has collaborated with many important musicians, including The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Earl Hines, Little Feat, Captain Beefheart, The Chieftains, John Lee Hooker, Pops, Mavis Staples, Gabby Pahinui, Flaco Jiménez, Freddy Fender and Ali Farka Touré. He formed the Little Village supergroup with Nick Lowe, John Hiatt, and Jim Keltner.
Cooder was ranked 8th on Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."