A Phil Brodie Band Tribute Page ~ 2003

SADLY BOBBY HAS PASSED AWAY
December 2nd 2014

BOBBY KEYS
Born December 18th 1943, Slaton , Lubbock County, Texas, USA.

Bobby has been playing the saxophone professionally since he was 15 years old, touring with Bobby Vee, working with Buddy Holly and many other rock 'n roll icons in his early youth.

Bobby Keys

Bobby Keys was a successful Muscle Shoals session saxophonist long before he met the Rolling Stones, but once he did back in '69, he quickly became the R & B sax player every British pop and rock act wanted to have on it's records.

Jim Price on trumpet, Bobby on sax.

On most (but not all) of his late 60's/early 70's appearances he's teamed with trumpet player Jim Price, also together with Jim Horn, the three were one of the most in demand horn session playing teams of the 1970s.


Photo: John Horn & Bobby Keys

John Horn remember's " Bobby Keys is undoubtedly one of the most unforgettable characters I've ever met. He's been playing saxophone for the Rolling Stones for a long time. When I was in England in 73', we worked together on the Goats Head Soup album with the Stones.There were no rock and roll horn players in London or Europe during the 70's, so the sound and our style of playing was in demand. We would sleep all day in Bobbys'country cottage, then by evening wine & dine at our favorite inn, The Baily Wyck, outside London. One night when 'The Who' were cutting tracks for their next album, we walked in with our horns and Bobby said with his Texas drawl, "What time do you want to put the horns on tonight"? They couldn't refuse. Every night was a different experience."

Photo : Bobby Keys.

BIOGRAPHY / PROFILE

Best-known for his long association with the Rolling Stones, tenor saxophonist Bobby Keys spent several decades as an in-demand session man and touring musician, able to play blues, R&B, and rock & roll with equal flair. Born and raised in Texas, Keys was playing in rock & roll bands as early as the '50s, and worked with Buddy Holly and Bobby Vee, among many others. Keys worked regularly at the famed Muscle Shoals studios in Alabama before meeting the Stones in 1969; his work on Let It Bleed (not to mention the simple fact of association) quickly made him a hot property. Over the next few years, Keys played on albums by George Harrison (All Things Must Pass), Delaney & Bonnie, Eric Clapton, Humble Pie, the Faces, Carly Simon, Nilsson, Joe Cocker, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and B.B. King. He also continued his relationship with the Stones, appearing on classics like Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main Street, and striking up an instant chemistry with Keith Richards. In 1972, Keys recorded a self-titled solo album for Warner Bros., which featured an all-star guest lineup including members of the Beatles, Cream, Mountain, and Traffic, plus his longtime trumpet-playing partner Jim Price. By the mid-'70s, his activities with the Stones were beginning to tail off, though he maintained a working relationship with the band over the years, both in the studio and on the road. He continued to find work through his old connections, and in 1979 joined Ron Wood's touring band the New Barbarians. In more recent years, Keys has continued to tour with the Stones and guest on the occasional album (including Sheryl Crow's The Globe Sessions), and also performed with the Lubbock, TX-based band the Ace Liquidators. ~ Steve Huey,

photo: New Barbarians: Mac, Woody, Bobby Keys,
New Barbarians: Mac, Woody, Bobby Keys,
Zigaboo Modeliste, Keith and Stanley Clarke 1979

DISCOGRAPHY

Ace No Strings, Horn
Allan Rich Glass Heartk, Saxophone
American Flyer Spirit of a Woman, Horn
Andrew Gold Andrew Gold, Horn
Audience Lunch Saxophone, Sax (Tenor)
B.B. King In London Horn, Saxophone, Sax (Tenor)
Barbra Streisand Barbra Joan Streisand, Horn
Bianca Forever, Guitar
Bill Staines The First Million Miles, Guitar (Electric), Guitar
Billy Preston Late at Night Saxophone
Bonnie Bramlett I'm Still the Same, Saxophone
Carl Carlton Love and Respect, Saxophone
Carly Simon No Secrets Saxophone, Sax (Tenor)
Carly Simon Hotcakes Saxophone, Sax (Baritone), Sax (Tenor), Trombone
Chris Jagger Chris Jagger Saxophone
Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'N Roll Saxophone
Chuck Leavell What's in That Bag? Saxophone
Country Joe & the Fish Reunion Saxophone
Country Joe McDonald Paradise with an Ocean View Saxophone
Dana Gillespie Weren't Born a Man Saxophone
Dark Star On Tour Vocals, Guitar
Delaney & Bonnie Motel Shot Saxophone
Delaney & Bonnie D & B Together (Bonus Tracks) Vocals, Musician
Delaney & Bonnie Accept No Substitute Saxophone
Delaney & Bonnie On Tour With Eric Clapton Saxophone
Donovan Cosmic Wheels (Epic) Saxophone
Dr. John The Sun, Moon & Herbs Saxophone, Sax
Eddie Hardin Home Is Where You Find It Saxophone
El General General Is Back Producer
Eric Carmen Boats Against the Current Horn, Saxophone
Eric Clapton Eric Clapton Saxophone
Eric Mercury Eric Mercury Horn
Etta James Come a Little Closer Horn
Faces Long Player Saxophone, Sax (Alto)
Fanny Fanny Hill Saxophone
Gary Wright Footprint Saxophone
Genya Ravan Goldie Zelkowitz Saxophone
Geoff Muldaur Motion Horn
George Harrison All Things Must Pass Saxophone
George Harrison All Things Must Pass (30th Anniversary Edition) Sax
Graham Nash Songs for Beginners Saxophone
Harry Nilsson Nilsson Schmilsson Saxophone
Harry Nilsson Nilsson Schmilsson (Bonus Tracks) Saxophone
Harry Nilsson That's the Way It Is (Expanded) Saxophone
Harry Nilsson That's the Way It Is Saxophone
Harry Nilsson Duit on Mon Dei Saxophone
Harry Nilsson Pussy Cats Saxophone
Harry Nilsson Nilsson Schmilsson (Import with Bonus Tracks) Saxophone
Harry Nilsson Son of Dracula Saxophone
Harry Nilsson Son of Schmilsson Horn, Saxophone, Sax (Tenor), Soloist
Humble Pie Rock On Saxophone
Ian McLagan Troublemaker Horn
Ian McLagan Bump in the Night Horn
Jerry Lee Lewis Young Blood Guitar
Jim Carroll Catholic Boy Saxophone
Jim Price Kids Nowadays Ain't Got No Shame Saxophone, Sax (Tenor)
Jim Price Sundegos Travelling Orchestra Saxophone
Joe Cocker Mad Dogs & Englishmen Saxophone
Joe Cocker Live in L.A. Saxophone
Joe Cocker Jamaica Say You Will Sax (Tenor)
Joe Cocker Luxury You Can Afford Saxophone
Joe Ely Lord of the Highway Saxophone
Joey Stec Joey Stec Sax (Baritone), Sax (Tenor)
John Hiatt Beneath This Gruff Exterior Sax (Baritone)
John Lennon Sometime in New York City/Live Jam Saxophone
John Lennon Walls and Bridges Horn, Saxophone, Tenor (Vocal)
John Lennon Rock 'n' Roll Saxophone
John Martyn Inside Out Saxophone
John Simon Don't Forget What I Told You Vocals
John Simon John Simon's Album Sax (Tenor)
Kate & Anna McGarrigle Kate & Anna McGarrigle (Carthage) Saxophone, Sax (Tenor)
Keith Moon Two Sides of the Moon Saxophone
Keith Richards Talk Is Cheap Sax (Baritone), Sax (Tenor)
Keith Richards Live at the Hollywood Palladium (Dec. 15, 1988) Saxophone
Keith Richards Live at the Hollywood Palladium (Box Set + CD Limited Edition) Saxophone
Kracker Kracker Brand Saxophone
Leo Sayer Endless Flight (Expanded) Horn
Lesley Duncan Maybe It's Lost Saxophone
Lynyrd Skynyrd Second Helping Horn, Saxophone
Marc Benno Ambush Saxophone
Martha Reeves Martha Reeves Horn
Marvin Gaye Let's Get It On (Deluxe Edition) Saxophone
Michael Pinder The Promise Saxophone
Nicky Hopkins The Tin Man Was a Dreamer Saxophone
Renee Geyer Renee Geyer (Portrait) Saxophone
Ringo Starr Ringo Saxophone, Sax (Tenor)
Ringo Starr Goodnight Vienna Horn, Saxophone
Ron Wood 1234 Saxophone
Ron Wood Gimme Some Neck Saxophone
Ron Wood Mahoneys Last Stand (Japan Bonus Tracks) Sax (Tenor), Brass
Ron Wood Mahoney's Last Stand (US) Horn, Sax (Tenor), Brass
Ronnie Lane Mahoney's Last Stand (UK) Sax (Tenor), Brass
Rossetta Hightower Hightower Saxophone
Shawn Phillips Bright White Saxophone
Sheryl Crow The Globe Sessions Sax (Alto), Sax (Baritone), Sax (Tenor), Soloist
Sheryl Crow The Globe Sessions (DVD) Sax (Alto), Sax (Baritone), Sax (Tenor)
Sheryl Crow The Globe Sessions (Australia Bonus CD) Sax (Alto), Sax (Baritone), Sax (Tenor)
Sky Sailor's Delight Horn
Sky Don't Hold Back Saxophone
The Cate Brothers In One Eye and out the Other Horn
The Crickets Double Exposure Saxophone
The Rolling Stones Goats Head Soup Sax (Baritone), Sax (Tenor)
The Rolling Stones Emotional Rescue Horn, Saxophone
The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed Horn, Saxophone, Sax (Tenor)
The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers Horn, Saxophone
The Rolling Stones Exile on Main St. Horn, Saxophone
The Rolling Stones Flashpoint Saxophone, Synthesizer
The Rolling Stones No Security (Japan Bonus Track) Saxophone
The Rolling Stones Poland, 1998 Saxophone
The Rolling Stones Rome, 1990 Saxophone
The Rolling Stones No Security Saxophone
The Rolling Stones Headin' for an Overload Saxophone
The Rolling Stones Get Your Leeds Lungs Out!-Revisited Saxophone
The Rolling Stones Stripped Saxophone
Third World War Third World War Saxophone
Van Dyke Parks The Clang of the Yankee Reaper Saxophone
Various Artists Dick Tracy (Original Soundtrack) Guitar
Various Artists For Our Children Too Sax (Baritone)
Various Artists Weird Nightmare: Meditations on Mingus Sax (Tenor)
Various Artists The Shag Bass, Guitar
Various Artists From East Memphis to Kingston Performer
Warren Zevon Warren Zevon Saxophone
Yoko Ono Fly Saxophone, Claves

Photo; Bobby Keys & Richard Bowden [fiddle]

FILMOLOGY
1. Weird Nightmare (1993) .... Himself
2. At the Max (1991) .... Himself
... aka Rolling Stones: Live at the Max (1991)
3. Let's Spend the Night Together (1982) .... Himself
... aka Time Is On Our Side (1982) (USA)
4. Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones (1973) .... Himself (saxophonist/percussionist)
5. Mad Dogs & Englishmen (1971) .... Himself
... aka Joe Cocker: Mad Dogs and Englishmen (1971)

Photo : Bobby Keys.

SADLY BOBBY HAS PASSED AWAY
December 2nd 2014

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