Keef HARTLEY – R.I.P.

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E’ morto il 26 novembre all’età di 67 anni il batterista Keef Hartley. Autentico fuoriclasse del british blues degli anni ’60 lega il suo nome agli Artwords quindi al leggendario John Mayall e ai suoi Bluesbreakers, fino a concedersi alla propria Keef Hartley Band (cinque album all’attivo) che salirà sul palco di Woodstock nel 1969. Le cause del decesso sono ancora ignote. Di seguito un po’ di storia post-Woodstock.

“After the Keef Hartley Band, the drummer put in a brief stint with British rock ‘n’ soul band Vinegar Joe, appearing on their 1972 album Rock ‘n’ Roll Gypsies alongside singers Elkie Brooks and Robert Palmer. In 1973, Hartley would release his lone solo effort, Lancashire Hustler, with Palmer and Brooks providing backing vocals behind singer Roden, and the drummer would reunite with Anderson and former Artwoods bassist Derek Griffiths in the ill-fated hard rock band Dog Soldier, which released a single eponymous album in 1975. Hartley recorded and toured with Michael Chapman, and reportedly made a nice chunk of change for his (uncredited) playing on the soundtrack to the blockbuster movie Grease. Hartley disappeared from music in the 1980s, working as a cabinet maker and refurbishing recording studios. He released a biography titled Halfbreed (A Rock and Roll Journey That Happened Against All the Odds) in 2007, writing about his youth and career. In recent years, young blues-rock fans in both the U.S. and the U.K. have re-discovered the Keef Hartley Band, and virtually all of the band’s albums have been re-issued. As both a bandleader and as part of Mayall’s seminal Bluesbreakers, Keef Hartley’s influence is inestimable.”

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