Bobby Keys

Saxophone Player
Born Dec 18, 1943
Age 72
Hometown Slaton, Texas
Death Place Franklin, Tennessee

Robert Henry 'Bobby' Keys is an American saxophone player, and has performed with other musicians as a member of one of the notable horn sections of the 1970s. He appears on albums by The Rolling Stones, The Who, Harry Nilsson, Delaney Bramlett, George Harrison's All Things Must Pass, Eric Clapton and Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen. Keys has been a touring musician since 1956.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Bobby Keys.


1943 Birth Born on December 18, 1943.


1964 20 Years Old Keys met the Rolling Stones at the San Antonio Teen Fair in 1964.
1969 25 Years Old Keys recorded with them around 1969 on their track "Live with Me". … Read More
1970 26 Years Old 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 due to Keys filling a bathtub with Dom Perignon champagne and drinking most of it.
1971 27 Years Old 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. … Read More
1973 29 Years Old From 1973-1975, Keys participated in John Lennon's Lost Weekend in Los Angeles along with Ringo Starr, Harry Nilsson and Keith Moon. … Read More


1975 31 Years Old 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, and performing only two tracks on the 1981 tour, on which Ernie Watts was the main sax player. … Read More


2011 67 Years Old Still rocking 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 spectacularly remodeled and enlarged space after the building was 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 Street."
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