Every Night's a Saturday Night: The Rock 'n' Roll Life of Legendary Sax Man Bobby Keys

Born in Slaton, Texas, a few 15 miles southeast of Lubbock, Bobby Keys has lived the type of existence that qualifies as a rock 'n' roll folktale. In his early kids, Keys bribed his method into blood brother Holly’s storage band rehearsals. He took up the saxophone since it used to be the single device left unclaimed within the institution band, and he confident his grandfather to signal his guardianship over to Crickets drummer J.I. Allison in order that he may pass on journey as a teenager.

Keys spent years at the highway in the course of the early days of rock ‘n’ roll with hitmakers like Bobby Vee and some of the acts on Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars journey, via many years as best traveling and consultation sax guy for the likes of Mad canines and Englishmen, George Harrison, John Lennon, and onto, such a lot famously, his gig with The Rolling Stone from 1970 onward. Every Night's a Saturday Night reveals Keys surroundings down the numerous stories of an over-the-top rock ‘n’ roll existence in his personal inimitable voice.

Augmented through unique contributions with well-known associates and fellow tourists like Keith Richards, Joe Crocker, and Jim Keltner, Every Night's a Saturday Night paints a special photo of the coming-of-age of rock ‘n’ roll itself whereas celebrating how Keys’s uncooked expertise and oversized character have increased him from sideman to a rock ‘n’ roll icon.

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S, Ernie corridor, additionally a drummer, so J. I. allow us to cross into their studio and make a checklist. That was once most likely my first recording. i began staying in Lubbock pretty well complete time now not too lengthy after that, napping on people’s couches and dwelling with numerous different musicians like Joe B. from the Crickets and Bobo Yates, who was once the drummer in one other band i used to be fidgeting with, Tommy Hancock and the Roadside Playboys. My grandmother had kicked the bucket in 1960 while i used to be 16, and after that, I’d simply kinda left Slaton at the back of. even supposing Lubbock used to be in basic terms fifteen miles away, it used to be a complete global away. There wasn’t loads of instructions to head in Slaton other than out. town was once supported basically via agriculture and the Santa Fe Railroad, and neither of these fields have been ones I cared to get into—didn’t wanna chop cotton, didn’t have a farm, didn’t wanna get a farm. and that i used to be constructing musically. I Bobby Keys 25 didn’t get fired, humans didn’t inform me to close up and depart, so I simply saved playin’. the remainder of highschool simply kinda cruised on through, it kind of feels, generally simply because i used to be hardly there for it. i began my senior 12 months, I acquired my category ring, yet I hadn’t proven up for many of my junior yr, and if it hadn’t been for document Babb being the significant, I wouldn’t have made it into my senior category. I simply didn’t like institution. I’d visit Lubbock, pass as much as Bobo Yates’s residence to play track or hearken to song or simply . . . something. I’d do something rather than going to college. I lived with Joe B. at his mom and dad’ residence my senior 12 months pretty well simply because that’s the place I most well liked to be. Plus, he supplied me with a task, at the least for your time. The couple of jobs I’d had in Slaton didn’t determine all that good. one in every of ’em used to be only for weeks while i used to be more youthful, and that was once simply to get my first BB gun. I swept out the Hoffman ironmongery store. My first task, and it used to be to arm myself. Joe B. Mauldin: We didn’t do whatever for a yr or so after blood brother died. We weren’t gonna paintings because the Crickets, in order that band was once on hiatus, i assume you’d say. That’s whilst Bobby and that i performed jointly a piece. We even lived jointly for some time. That’s additionally whilst we’d holiday bricks for my girlfriend’s father. They have been in this outdated two-story condo, and we’d wake up there and push and push and push till a part of the brick wall could fall and land within the backyard and in part get a divorce, then Bobby and I’d pass down and end breakin’ it up one brick at a time so the bricks may be used back. 26 each NIGHT’S A SATURDAY evening Joe B. ’s girlfriend’s father had an organization that might exit and purchase homes that have been being torn down, brick homes, and Joe B. and that i could sit down out within the sunlight with our little hammers knocking the mortar off of bricks in order that his girlfriend’s father may perhaps resell ’em. That was once a terrible task. That had not anything to do with tune in any respect, guy, bangin’ on bricks with a hammer. I’d have by no means performed it had I no longer been entering into exhibit enterprise by means of advantage of the truth that i used to be breaking bricks with a man who’d been at the Ed Sullivan express, by means of golly.

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