1972 Ry Cooder – Boomer’s Story

Boomer’s Story is the third studio album by American roots rock musician Ry Cooder, released in 1972.

The title track was previously recorded as “The Railroad Boomer” by Bud Billings (aka Frank Luther) and Carson Robison in a performance recorded at the studio at Liederkranz Hall in New York on September 9, 1929 (Victor V-40139). Although it is credited on Cooder’s album as “traditional,” Robison was awarded a copyright and the song “can’t be shown to have circulated in oral tradition.” Gene Autry recorded it in December of the same year. In the 1930s the song was recorded for Decca Records by the Rice Brothers’ Gang, in 1939 by Roy Acuff & His Smoky Mountain Boys, in 1941 by Riley Puckett for RCA, and in the 1950s by Cisco Houston (as “The Rambler”) and by The New Lost City Ramblers, who included Cooder’s guitar teacher, Tom Paley.


1  Boomer’s Story (Carson Robison) 4:15
2  Cherry Ball Blues (Skip James) 4:13
3  Crow Black Chicken (Lawrence Wilson) 2:20
4  Ax Sweet Mama (Sleepy John Estes) 4:27
5  Maria Elena (Bob Russell, Lorenzo Barcelata) 4:32
6  Dark End Of The Street (Dan Penn, Chips Moman) 3:27
7  Rally ‘Round The Flag (George F Root) 3:39
8  Comin’ In On A Wing And A Prayer (Jimmy McHugh, Harold Adamson) 3:03
9  President Kennedy (Sleepy John Estes) 4:38
10  Good Morning Mr. Railroad Man (Traditional) 4:31



BassTommy McClure
BassJim Dickinson
DrumsJim Keltner
DrumsRoger Hawkins
GuitarRy Cooder
MandolinRy Cooder
PianoJim Dickinson
HarmonicaGene Finney
ClarinetCharles Lawing
HornsGeorge Bohanon
PercussionMilt Holland
Background VocalsDan Penn
Background VocalsJim Dickinson
VocalsRy Cooder

Other Musicians

7 Rally ‘Round The Flag

PianoRandy Newman

9 President Kennedy

GuitarJohn Estes
VocalsJohn Estes

Liner Notes

Producer – Jim Dickinson, Lenny Waronker
Co-producer – Judy Maizel
Engineer – Jerry Masters, John Fry, Lee Herschberg, Richard Rosebrough

Photography By – Susan Titelman

Recorded At – Amigo Studios
Recorded At – Ardent Studios
Recorded At – Muscle Shoals Sound Studios
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Copyright (c) – Warner Bros. Records Inc.