He played on every album from 1969 until 1974 and from 1980 to present, and has performed on all Stones tours since 1970. Keys has played on hundreds of recordings, many uncredited, including Dion's "The Wanderer." Keys met the Rolling Stones at the San Antonio Teen Fair in 1964. He is known for his relationship both as a musician (for example, the saxophone solo on the 1971 hit "Brown Sugar") and his friendship with Keith Richards — the two were born on the same day — (there is a film of him and Richards throwing a television set from the 10th floor of a hotel during the 1972 American Tour, as seen in the Stones' unreleased 1972 concert movie Cocksucker Blues). Keys recorded with them around 1969 on their track "Live with Me".
Keys, along with the addition of Mick Taylor, made their debut on Let It Bleed. Mick Jagger and Keys became close in the early 1970s, with Keys serving as an attendant at Jagger's wedding. Together with Jim Price on trumpet, Keys toured with the Stones in 1970, 1971 and 1972, and with Steve Madaio and Trevor Lawrence on the first half of the 1973 European Tour, at which Keys was thrown out after missing some shows. According to legend Keys filled a bathtub with Dom Perignon champagne and drank most of it.
Allegedly this caused a falling out with Mick Jagger, and Keys only guested on some shows of the 1975 and 1978 tours, missing the 1976 tour completely. He performed only two tracks on the 1981 tour, on which Ernie Watts was the main sax player. Keys returned to backing the Stones together with Gene Barge on the 1982 European Tour, and toured with the Stones on all tours up to his death. He is also featured in the 1971 concert movie, Mad Dogs and Englishmen, narrating the story of his early life while driving around downtown Dallas. Other recordings made by Keys was the baritone saxophone on Elvis Presley's "Return to Sender" (though this is disputed), and on John Lennon's first American solo number 1 single hit (and the only United States number 1 in Lennon's lifetime) "Whatever Gets You thru the Night". From 1973-1975, Keys participated in John Lennon's Lost Weekend in Los Angeles along with Ringo Starr, Harry Nilsson and Keith Moon.
Keys had played with Lennon in the Plastic Ono Band and, while in Los Angeles, he played on Lennon's albums Walls and Bridges and Rock 'n Roll. Additionally, Keys took part in the last known recording session between Paul McCartney and Lennon; A Toot and a Snore in '74. In the late 1980s, Keys became the musical director for Ronnie Wood's Miami club, Woody's On the Beach. The first week the club opened, Keys booked Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino and The Crickets. Although more commonly 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. Still active in 2011, Keys appeared on December 16 with the Athens, Georgia, band Bloodkin in their "Exile on Lumpkin Street" show at the legendary 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.. In 2013 he played with the Rolling Stones at their Glastonbury Festival debut, headlining on Saturday 29 June. Keys also played on their 14 On Fire tour. Keys died as a result of cirrhosis at his home in Franklin, Tennessee on December 2, 2014. Select discography Bobby Keys (solo album) released by WEA France circa 1970 The Rolling Stones: Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, Exile on Main St., Goats Head Soup, Emotional Rescue, Stripped, Shine a Light Live Licks, Sweet Summer Sun Joe Cocker: Mad Dogs & Englishmen George Harrison: All Things Must Pass John Lennon: Some Time in New York City, Walls and Bridges, Rock 'n' Roll Keith Richards: Talk Is Cheap, Live at the Hollywood Palladium Ringo Starr: Ringo, Goodnight Vienna Ronnie Wood: 1234, Gimme Some Neck, Mahoney's Last Stand B.B. King: B.B. King in London Barbra Streisand: Barbra Joan Streisand Carly Simon: No Secrets, Hotcakes Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll Delaney, Bonnie & Friends: On Tour with Eric Clapton, Accept No Substitutes Donovan: Cosmic Wheels Dr.
John: The Sun, Moon & Herbs Eric Clapton: Eric Clapton Faces: Long Player Harry Nilsson: Nilsson Schmilsson, Son of Schmilsson, Pussy Cats, Duit on Mon Dei Warren Zevon: Warren Zevon Humble Pie: Rock On Joe Ely: Lord of the Highway John Hiatt: Beneath This Gruff Exterior Kate and Anna McGarrigle: Kate and Anna McGarrigle Keith Moon: Two Sides of the Moon Leo Sayer: Endless Flight Lynyrd Skynyrd: Second Helping John Lennon and Paul McCartney: A Toot and a Snore in '74 John Lennon: Whatever Gets You thru the Night Marvin Gaye: Let's Get It On (deluxe edition) Sheryl Crow: The Globe Sessions Yoko Ono: Fly Jim Carroll: Catholic Boy Graham Nash: Songs for Beginners Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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