Written by
Bob Stumpel

November 9

High On The Hogg (The Ray Charles Orchestra Ft Leroy “Hog” Cooper)

'75 LC MadridUnreleasedWith Leroy CooperWith Ray Charles Band

Watermarked news photo of Leroy Cooper,rehearsing the band in a hotel (photo dated Feb. 22, 1979).


The tune, a show piece for bari – was written by Billy Baker, although – as one of the band alumni remembers it – “Mr. Charles might have done some dictation” on it.

If it wasn’t written with Leroy “Hog” Cooper in mind, the big man certainly claimed it.

The band in Madrid: Jeff Conrad, Bob Coassin, Phil Guilbeau, Jack Evans – trumpets; Wally Huff, Ken Tussing, Glen (Champ) Childress, Steve Davis – trombones; Andy Ennis, Clifford Solomon, Ed Pratt, James Clay – saxophones; Leroy Cooper – baritone saxophone, band leader; John Bryant – drums; Joe Harris – bass; Tony Matthews – guitar; Ernest Vantrease – keyboards.

Madrid 1975 (#4):
Update 13.02.2021: the video of this performance is no longer available on YouTube, please let me know in the comments below if you have any footage, thanks — Cyd

’75 LC Madrid
’89 LC Paris
’94 LC ValleyForge
’95 LC Tramps


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