bobby keys, 1943-2014
Terrible news for the music world this week, and for the world of unabashed, unrepentant, hard partying rock-and-roll.
I have loved Bobby Keys for as long as I've known of his existence, which is to say a very long time. If you read Life, Keith Richards' memoirs, you know a few good Bobby Keys stories. And if you love the music of the Rolling Stones' best years, you've been loving Bobby Keys, too.
Keith and Bobby shared a birthday, and much of their lives. The death of Bobby Keys hits Stones' fans with a special kind of force.
Bobby Keys: Bruce Weber writes about him here.