What's the deal with Al Kooper?

You know his defining Hammond organ sound on classic Dylan.

And you may know Flute Thing, just one of the lyrical works he created with The Blues Project.

And then there is the haunting french horn on the Stones' You Can't Always Get What You Want. That's also Al.

There is the powerhouse rock of Lynyrd Skynyrd, whom he discovered and produced.

And along the line, Al played on recordings by Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison, Paul Butterfield, BB King, Tom Petty and dozens more.

And, if you are old enough, you walked along singing This Diamond Ring, which went to number one in 1965. Al co-wrote that in his days as songsmith at 1650 Broadway, in New York City.

Al's autobiography is a compelling look into the life of a rock star who was there at countless history-making moments. Read about the latest, updated version, which is available at Amazon and other stores.

And listen to KooperRadio on the air now on wvvy.org.

What They Say About Al

Read what other music biz people say about Al, including Tom Petty, Joe Walsh, BB King, Pete Townshend, and Mavis Staples. Some of these folks inspired Al, he then inspired and mentored others on this list. And don't miss what author Any Tan says. There are 29 testimonails here, and you'll be surprised at some of the names. Check it out.

50 Years / 50 Photos

The photo gallery page takes you from 1957 up till today, as Al Kooper evolves from gangly teen to elder statesman of rock. See Al with people including Dylan, Hendrix, Clapton, Mike Bloomfield, Al Green, and even Norman Rockwell, who painted a cover for Al and Mike Bloomfield.

Check it out.