Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A rock 'n' roll obit: Bob Keane; know that name?

Bob Keane, early in a long career of discovering great rock talent, stumbled on a young guy from SoCal who couldn't play or write music worth a damn, but drove young women wild. He formed the Del-Fi label, and found and promoted new talent for years. If you've seen Pulp Fiction, you've heard some of the songs.

Keane just died (at 87) but the young man he discovered, Ritchie Valens, has been gone for 50 years....

Life is just like a boxa chocolates, huh?

1 comment:

philcycles said...

Bob Keane's two greatest discoveries-Richie Valens ans the very much underrated Bobby Fuller-both died before thy could blossom. Everybody knows about Richie because he died in the famous plane crash that made Waylon Jennings tthe luckiest man in the world but those who knew him rated Bobby Fuller as the most talented man in rock 'n roll at the time. He only had one hit record, the towering "I Fought The Law", before he died but that one record gives a glimpse of his talent. It's still a record I seek out after 45 years.
Bob Keane was one of the great producers of the 60s and 70s.
Phil Brown