Ben Keith Passes
July 27, 2010 at 3:15 PM (PT)
Steel guitarist, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist BEN KEITH, who first made his name in NASHVILLE, playing on Country Classics like PATSY CLINE’s “I Fall to Pieces,” has passed away at the age of 73. KEITH was known most as a collaborator with NEIL YOUNG. YOUNG acknowledged his passing last night at a show in WINNIPEG, saying “this is for BEN KEITH,” before playing his classic, “Old Man,” “His spirit will live on. The Earth has taken him.”
KEITH first worked with NEIL YOUNG on the 1972 “Harvest” album, which featured “Old Man.” He produced the 1995 debut for VALORY MUSIC CO. artist JEWEL, “Pieces Of You,” as well as working with JOHNNY CASH, CROSBY, STILLS. NASH and YOUNG, and countless others.
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