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RIP Ben Keith 1937-2010  (NSC)
Jul 27th, 2010 at 10:51am
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Sad news for Neil Young fans - none more so than our friend Pauline (The Juf) who knew Ben personally and interviewed him a couple of years ago.


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Ben Keith, Neil Young's long time band mate and friend, has passed away. Ben was 73.

Ben Keith, was a multi-talented musician who Neil Young first met in Nashville in February 1971 when Neil was recording the multi-platinum LP Harvest. Legend has it that Neil asked bassist Tim Drummond if he knew any pedal-steel players in town. Tim contacted Ben, who lived in town and off he went to the studio: "I didn't know who anyone was, so I asked, who's that guy over there?" and was told "that's Neil Young".

Neil Young often referred to Ben Keith as "Brother Ben".


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Ben Keith is an American pedal steel guitarist, from Bowling Green, Kentucky. He worked as a session musician in Nashville in the late 1950s and 1960s. He is most famous for his work with Neil Young, both in stage shows and on albums such as Harvest, "Journey Through The Past", "Time Fades Away", "On The Beach", Tonight's the Night, "American Stars 'n' Bars", Comes A Time, "Hawks 'n' Doves", "Old Ways", "Freedom",Harvest Moon, "Silver and Gold", Prairie Wind, "Chrome Dreams II", and the live albums "Unplugged" and "Road Rock Vol. 1".

He played the role of "Grandpa Green" in the Neil Young feature length movie Greendale, released on DVD.

He has also worked with Terry Reid, Todd Rundgren, Lonnie Mack, The Band, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Paul Butterfield, J. J. Cale, Linda Ronstadt, Warren Zevon, Ian and Sylvia, Hungry Chuck, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Anne Murray and Ringo Starr.

He is also known as the producer of Jewel's debut album Pieces of You and as a solo recording artist. He toured with Crosby Stills Nash & Young on their 2006 Freedom of Speech tour.
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Reply #1 - Jul 27th, 2010 at 11:01am
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Sad News. R.I.P. Ben.
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Reply #2 - Jul 27th, 2010 at 11:49am
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Damn............So sad to hear

thank you so much Mr Keith for all your wonderful and timeless music that have made my life and so many others richer.
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Reply #3 - Jul 27th, 2010 at 11:58am
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Sad to hear. R.I.P. Ben.
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Reply #4 - Jul 27th, 2010 at 12:11pm
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Very sad news.

Ben Keith contributed mightily to so many of Neil's projects.

Loved his pedal steel work, and he was a damn good guitar player, too.

RIP, Ben.  

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Reply #5 - Jul 27th, 2010 at 2:26pm
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Reply #6 - Jul 28th, 2010 at 9:32am
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Hard to believe our musical heroes are aging and passing away. 73 is pretty good I guess. He lived as good life. RIP.
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Reply #7 - Jul 29th, 2010 at 8:12am
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Very sad news.  I remember seeing him on the 2006 tour.  Great musician.

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Re: RIP Ben Keith 1937-2010  (NSC)
Reply #8 - Jul 29th, 2010 at 10:48am
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Really sad news...Smiley What he brought to the table, musically, was immense. He will be sorely missed by many. Sad
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