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Bobby Keys' "Can't You Hear Me Knocking?" Solo Live in 2013
Published: 2014/12/04
Channel: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
BOBBY KEYS  in Chicago 2013
BOBBY KEYS in Chicago 2013
Published: 2013/06/06
Channel: Mike Preston
THE BRILLIANT BOBBY KEYS......Bobby Keys
THE BRILLIANT BOBBY KEYS......Bobby Keys' Self Titled Debut Album
Published: 2015/05/11
Channel: RollingStones50yrs3
Rolling Stones - Miss you - Rio 1995 - feat. Lisa Fischer + Bobby Keys
Rolling Stones - Miss you - Rio 1995 - feat. Lisa Fischer + Bobby Keys
Published: 2016/01/27
Channel: n0x3w4o9
Rolling Stones saxophonist: 5 great solos
Rolling Stones saxophonist: 5 great solos
Published: 2014/12/03
Channel: CNN
Bobby Keys Sax Solo "Sweet Virginia"  Rolling Stones
Bobby Keys Sax Solo "Sweet Virginia" Rolling Stones
Published: 2014/12/03
Channel: RollingStones50yrs3
Bobby Keys - Honky Tonk
Bobby Keys - Honky Tonk
Published: 2011/06/01
Channel: Marc De Mey
Interview WIth Bobby Keyes of the Rolling Stones
Interview WIth Bobby Keyes of the Rolling Stones
Published: 2009/02/16
Channel: Billy Hell
PSYCHO BABBLE visits Bobby Keys
PSYCHO BABBLE visits Bobby Keys
Published: 2012/02/28
Channel: Mike Preston
Bloodkin "End Of The Show" with Bobby Keys
Bloodkin "End Of The Show" with Bobby Keys
Published: 2012/04/27
Channel: Music City Roots
Rolling Stones Going to a go go Bobby Keys on sax
Rolling Stones Going to a go go Bobby Keys on sax
Published: 2011/08/14
Channel: starfuckstar
bobby keys band performing what is life and brown sugar
bobby keys band performing what is life and brown sugar
Published: 2013/08/28
Channel: Stockwrock
Rolling Stones Sax Player - Bobby Keys - Part 2
Rolling Stones Sax Player - Bobby Keys - Part 2
Published: 2009/02/19
Channel: Billy Hell
Bobby Keys! Miss You!
Bobby Keys! Miss You!
Published: 2011/05/24
Channel: William Sherlock
Bobby Keys Sax Solo  "Can
Bobby Keys Sax Solo "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" Rolling Stones
Published: 2014/12/03
Channel: RollingStones50yrs3
Bobby Keys & The Suffering Bastards "Can
Bobby Keys & The Suffering Bastards "Can't You Hear Me Knockin"
Published: 2012/10/22
Channel: Overthefalls2
The Rolling Stones - Can
The Rolling Stones - Can't You Hear Me Knocking - Live OFFICIAL
Published: 2012/11/16
Channel: The Rolling Stones
Bobby Keys TM Trailer
Bobby Keys TM Trailer
Published: 2017/03/03
Channel: Glenn Aveni
The Rolling Stones - Dallas - Keith Richards Bobby Keys tribute
The Rolling Stones - Dallas - Keith Richards Bobby Keys tribute
Published: 2015/06/09
Channel: Keith Ramsey
Steve Jordan and Bobby Keys Talk About Tribute to Rolling Stones
Steve Jordan and Bobby Keys Talk About Tribute to Rolling Stones
Published: 2013/10/25
Channel: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Bobby Keys Sax Solo "Emotional Rescue"  Rolling Stones
Bobby Keys Sax Solo "Emotional Rescue" Rolling Stones
Published: 2014/12/03
Channel: RollingStones50yrs3
The Nearness of You  (take 1) Keith Richards and Bobby Keys
The Nearness of You (take 1) Keith Richards and Bobby Keys
Published: 2013/05/22
Channel: IOW18275
Rolling Stones - Keep It Cool  (Long Version) VERY RARE BOBBY KEYS TAPE
Rolling Stones - Keep It Cool (Long Version) VERY RARE BOBBY KEYS TAPE
Published: 2015/04/11
Channel: RollingStones50yrs3
Bobby Keys: Stones devastated by saxophonist
Bobby Keys: Stones devastated by saxophonist's death
Published: 2014/12/02
Channel: robin show
BROWN SUGAR -RIP BOBBY KEYS - ROLLING STONES LIVE TORONTO CANADA 1989
BROWN SUGAR -RIP BOBBY KEYS - ROLLING STONES LIVE TORONTO CANADA 1989
Published: 2014/12/03
Channel: nomadtraveller100
Bobby Keys Sax Solo "Brown Sugar"  Rolling Stones
Bobby Keys Sax Solo "Brown Sugar" Rolling Stones
Published: 2014/12/03
Channel: RollingStones50yrs3
Bobby Keys Dies...Keith Richards Pays Tribute
Bobby Keys Dies...Keith Richards Pays Tribute
Published: 2014/12/02
Channel: RollingStones50yrs3
Rolling Stones sax player BOBBY KEYS live w/Black Crowes & Dan Baird - Mercy Lounge Nashville TN
Rolling Stones sax player BOBBY KEYS live w/Black Crowes & Dan Baird - Mercy Lounge Nashville TN
Published: 2014/12/05
Channel: Viva Nashville USA
Bobby Keys - Key West
Bobby Keys - Key West
Published: 2014/01/05
Channel: indigoinsf4
Joe Ely @ the Granada Theater, part 1(w/solo by Bobby Keys)
Joe Ely @ the Granada Theater, part 1(w/solo by Bobby Keys)
Published: 2010/01/08
Channel: Bill Ellison
Bobby Keys Sax Solo  "Casino Boogie"  Rolling Stones
Bobby Keys Sax Solo "Casino Boogie" Rolling Stones
Published: 2014/12/02
Channel: RollingStones50yrs3
Rolling Stones Saxophonist Bobby Keys Dead at 70
Rolling Stones Saxophonist Bobby Keys Dead at 70
Published: 2014/12/02
Channel: Wochit Entertainment
The Wanderer - Bobby Keys & The Suffering Bastards
The Wanderer - Bobby Keys & The Suffering Bastards
Published: 2013/02/12
Channel: CarolinaMixer
Joe Ely & Bobby Keys
Joe Ely & Bobby Keys
Published: 2011/05/10
Channel: Stephen Holden
bobby keys performs a PG version of the stone
bobby keys performs a PG version of the stone's sweet virginia
Published: 2013/08/29
Channel: Stockwrock
Bobby Keys - Steal From A King
Bobby Keys - Steal From A King
Published: 2014/01/05
Channel: indigoinsf4
BOBBY KEYS - SOUL SERENADE - Legendary Sax Man for Rolling Stones
BOBBY KEYS - SOUL SERENADE - Legendary Sax Man for Rolling Stones
Published: 2012/04/08
Channel: bmwinton
Bobby Keys & The Suffering Bastards- Sweet Virgina (BK Bowl- Fri 12/14/12)
Bobby Keys & The Suffering Bastards- Sweet Virgina (BK Bowl- Fri 12/14/12)
Published: 2012/12/16
Channel: marcmillman1
Brown Sugar - Rolling Stones  Saxophonist  - Bobby Keys
Brown Sugar - Rolling Stones Saxophonist - Bobby Keys
Published: 2011/05/27
Channel: NashvilleVibes
Bobby Keys and Hot Rocks perform Honky Tonk Women at CCL 2012 02 18
Bobby Keys and Hot Rocks perform Honky Tonk Women at CCL 2012 02 18
Published: 2012/02/25
Channel: Dana Bloom
Rolling Stones Saxophonist Bobby Keys Dead at 70
Rolling Stones Saxophonist Bobby Keys Dead at 70
Published: 2014/12/03
Channel: Hollywood Bug
BOBBY KEYS + THE SUFFERING BASTARDS
BOBBY KEYS + THE SUFFERING BASTARDS
Published: 2011/12/15
Channel: AlanMesserVideos
BOBBY KEYS - Legendary Rolling Stones Sax player talks about growing up in Texas
BOBBY KEYS - Legendary Rolling Stones Sax player talks about growing up in Texas
Published: 2012/07/26
Channel: bmwinton
Can
Can't You Hear Me Knocking (with Mick Taylor and Bobby Keys)
Published: 2013/06/01
Channel: Debbie Weiss
Bobby Keys Honky Tonk Parts 1 and 2 1975 Ring O Records 45 rpm
Bobby Keys Honky Tonk Parts 1 and 2 1975 Ring O Records 45 rpm
Published: 2014/12/04
Channel: scarlatti2004
Ratones Paranoicos & Bobby Keys
Ratones Paranoicos & Bobby Keys
Published: 2013/08/10
Channel: Gabriel Di Lisio
The Bobby Keys Band - "Harlem Nocturne"
The Bobby Keys Band - "Harlem Nocturne"
Published: 2014/12/02
Channel: seth graves
Rolling Stones Saxophonist Bobby Keys Dead at 70
Rolling Stones Saxophonist Bobby Keys Dead at 70
Published: 2014/12/03
Channel: Hollywood Bug
Bobby Keys & The Suffering Bastards
Bobby Keys & The Suffering Bastards
Published: 2011/10/17
Channel: LordBarumba
Keith Richards Charlie Watts Bobby Keys Chuck Leavell Bernard Fowler
Keith Richards Charlie Watts Bobby Keys Chuck Leavell Bernard Fowler
Published: 2011/04/12
Channel: Xpensivewinozzz
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Bobby Keys
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Keys performing in October 2009
Background information
Born (1943-12-18)December 18, 1943
Slaton, Texas, U.S.
Died December 2, 2014(2014-12-02) (aged 70)
Franklin, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres Rock, jazz
Occupation(s) Session musician
Instruments Tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone
Years active 1956–2014
Associated acts The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Delaney & Bonnie, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Warren Zevon, Joe Cocker, Joe Ely, Sheryl Crow, John Lennon, Leon Russell, Plastic Ono Band, Harry Nilsson, Paul McCartney

Robert Henry Keys (December 18, 1943 – December 2, 2014) was an American saxophonist who performed with other musicians as a member of several horn sections of the 1970s. He appears on albums by the Rolling Stones,[1] Lynyrd Skynyrd, Harry Nilsson, Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, George Harrison, John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker and other prominent musicians. Keys played on hundreds of recordings and was a touring musician from 1956 until his death in 2014.

Early life and start[edit]

Keys was born at Lubbock Army Airfield near Slaton, Texas,[2][3] where his father, Bill Keys, was in the U.S. Army Air Corps. His mother, Lucy Keys, was 16 when she gave birth to Robert Henry (Bobby), her first child. By 1946, Bill Keys got a job for the Santa Fe Railroad in Belen, New Mexico. The family moved to Belen, New Mexico, but young Robert stayed with his grandparents in Slaton, Texas, an arrangement he was quite happy with. Bill and Lucy would have three more children, Gary and twins Debbie and Daryl.[4] Lucy Keys went on to become a state senator in New Mexico.[citation needed]

Bobby Keys started touring at age fifteen with Bobby Vee and fellow Texan Buddy Holly.[5][6]

Career[edit]

Keys met the Rolling Stones at the San Antonio Teen Fair while sharing a bill with the group as a member of Vee's band in 1964. He is best known for his impressive resume as a musician (most notably the saxophone solo on the 1971 Rolling Stones hit "Brown Sugar") and his friendship with Keith Richards.[7] Keys and Richards share exactly the same date of birth. Notably, Keys and Richards threw a television set from the 10th floor of the Continental Hyatt House in West Hollywood, California during the group's 1972 American tour, as seen in the Stones' unreleased 1972 concert movie Cocksucker Blues. After renewing his acquaintance with the band via Gram Parsons, a mutual friend, Keys made his debut with The Rolling Stones on the Let It Bleed track "Live with Me" in 1969. In addition to "Brown Sugar," he was prominently featured on such early 1970s Stones songs as "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" and "Happy".

Keys and Mick Jagger also became close in the early 1970s, with Keys serving as best man at Jagger's wedding. Together with Jim Price on trumpet, Keys toured with the Stones from 1970 to 1972. Along with trumpeter Steve Madaio and fellow saxophonist Trevor Lawrence, Keys continued as a touring member for the first half of the 1973 European tour before leaving in Frankfurt, Germany on September 30. According to legend, Keys was abruptly dismissed by an incensed Jagger after filling a bathtub with Dom Perignon champagne (resulting in a debt to the band that encompassed his entire salary for the tour) and drinking most of it. Although Keys did not dispute the veracity of the incident, he subsequently maintained in his memoir that he left the tour of his own volition to curtail his heroin addiction for the sake of his family. As a result of his strained relationship with Jagger, Keys only guested on some shows of the 1975 and 1978 American tours, missing the 1976 European tour completely. He performed only four tracks on the 1981 tour, on which Ernie Watts was the saxophonist. Keys was reinstated as the band's main touring saxophonist on the 1982 European Tour, together with Gene Barge. Keys played with the Stones on all subsequent tours up to his death.

Prior to touring with the Stones, Keys played with Delaney & Bonnie and Friends with Eric Clapton and George Harrison in 1969. In particular, the year 1970 was an extraordinary series of notable performances. Keys started the year working on Clapton's first solo LP. With Leon Russell, he supported Joe Cocker on the 48-city Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour; the live album Mad Dogs & Englishmen was released later in the year, followed by a concert movie in 1971. During the tour, Cocker and the band were accompanied by a largely American entourage, including a choir, friends, wives, children, groupies and a single dog named Canina; the entire group numbered almost 40 people. After work on George Harrison's All Things Must Pass and more Sticky Fingers tracks, he joined the Rolling Stones for their fall 1970 European tour.

From 1973 to 1975, Keys participated in Lennon's "Lost Weekend" in Los Angeles along with Ringo Starr, Harry Nilsson and Keith Moon; while in Los Angeles, he played on Lennon's albums Walls and Bridges (including a notable solo on the #1 American hit "Whatever Gets You thru the Night") and Rock 'n' Roll. Although it is believed that he took part in the last known recording session between Paul McCartney and Lennon (widely bootlegged as A Toot and a Snore in '74), he could not recall contributing to the session. He also played the solo on Leo Sayer's 1977 international soft rock hit "When I Need You" from the Endless Flight album.[8]

In 1989, Keys became the musical director for Ronnie Wood's new Miami club, Woody's On the Beach. The first week the club opened Keys booked Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino and the Crickets. In the early 1990s Keys was a resident of Miami and had a band with former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor, Nicky Hopkins, Ivan Neville, former Stephen Stills bassist Calvin "Fuzzy" Samuels and others called Tumbling Dice. Although better known as a session musician, Keys released two albums of his own in the 1970s: a self-titled instrumental album on Warner Bros. Records that featured Ringo Starr, George Harrison and Eric Clapton in 1972; and Gimme the Key on Ringo Starr's record label Ring O'Records in 1975.[citation needed]

Keys appeared on December 16, 2011, with the Athens, Georgia-band Bloodkin in their "Exile on Lumpkin Street" show at the Georgia Theater, which re-opened in August 2011 in its remodeled and enlarged space after the building had been gutted by fire in June 2009. Besides performing some of their own music, Bloodkin rocked out with Keys on numerous hits from three of the biggest Stones' albums on which Keys had performed, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, and Exile on Main St.[citation needed]

In 2013 he played with the Rolling Stones at their Glastonbury Festival debut, headlining on Saturday, June 29.[9] Keys played on their 14 On Fire tour with Roskilde Festival in Denmark being his last ever gig for the Stones.

Personal life and death[edit]

Keys was married to Holly Keys.[4] Their children were Jesse, Huck, Amber and stepson Randy Kaune. [4] Bobby Keys died from liver cancer in hospice care at his home in Franklin, Tennessee, on December 2, 2014, sixteen days before his 71st birthday.[10]

Selected discography[edit]

An eponymous solo album was released by Warner Bros. in 1972. He also appears on:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Biography: Bobby Keys". AllMusic. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  2. ^ Varga, George (December 2, 2014). "Rolling Stones saxophonist Bobby Keys dies at 70". UT San Diego. Archived from the original on December 2, 2014. Retrieved December 2, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Bobby Keys, Longtime Saxophonist for Rolling Stones, Dies". Voice of America. Reuters. December 2, 2014. Retrieved December 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Bobby Keys obituary". The Guardian. 3 December 2014. Retrieved 2017-02-03. 
  5. ^ "Bobby Keys Interview". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved December 2, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Bobby Keys Biography". Philbrodieband.com. Retrieved December 2, 2014. 
  7. ^ Richards, Keith; Fox, James (2010). Life. London, UK: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. ISBN 978-0-297-85439-5. 
  8. ^ 3 December 2014: Leo Sayer has paid tribute to his friend Bobby Keys who passed away at age 70. Keys, the sax player for the Rolling Stones since 1969, also played on Leo's global hit "When I Need You". In a statement Leo remembered his friend saying, "R.I.P. Bobby Keys. Bobby played the solo on "When I Need You", 20 secs of tenor sax that no other player has ever been able to emulate. We toured together in the [mid-1970s], and Bobby was always fun to work with, a great musician everybody now knows as the sax man with the Rolling Stones. I'm so proud to have known you, 'Texas'!"
  9. ^ "The Rolling Stones headline Glastonbury 2013". Nme.com. June 30, 2013. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  10. ^ Gold, Adam (2014-12-02). "Rolling Stones Saxophonist Bobby Keys Dead at 70". Nashville Scene. City Press LLC. Retrieved 2014-12-02. 

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