Gene Cooper was born in 1947 in Prattsville, Arkansas to a musical family of 17 children. At age 14, he began playing keyboards and bass in nightclubs with his older brothers. He has played keyboards with notable artists such as Jackie Wilson, Patti LaBelle, OV Wright, McKinley Mitchell, Tyrone Davis and others. He has recorded with his brothers and “Little Cooper and The Drifters”. While in the military, Cooper played on numerous military bases. After military service he began playing in Pine Bluff, Arkansas with “The Zodiacs” and other groups. Gene Cooper and his wife, Nancy, are members of the Port City Blues Society.