Wednesday, 30 November 2011

R.I.P. Keef Hartley


Keith “Keef” Hartley

8th April 1944 – 27th November 2011


hartley worked as a drummer for rory storm and the hurricanes, the artwoods and john mayall. he passed away on sunday after complications from surgery at the age of 67. here is the in memoriam note by john mayall:

I got the sad news (27Nov11) that Keef Hartley died of complications from surgery last Sunday. When I think back to all the adventures we had over the years, both on and off the road, it seems hardly possible that my friend of so many years will not be showing up to sit in with any of my bands in the future. His sense of fun and love of life will always remain in my thoughts as special memories. Boy did we have fun! So long my friend, I will miss you.

here is a track from his first album with the keef hartley band:



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  1. avatar Cheryl Hudson said:

    Keef looked very much at peace when I saw him at rest on Tuesday. He had been a close friend since the 90’s when we did recording work together, aiming at getting enough material ready for a tour, Frankfurt Festival and Cambridge where we were to share the same stage as Motorhead. It was lovely to see both old and newish friends of his at the funeral. Quite a few of his musician friends from the past turned up. It was a simple funeral like he wanted with several of us having a few drinks for him afterwards. I will miss him terribly. We used to joke and giggle constantly like teenagers! The stories he told were captivating. I will miss that laugh so much. Glad you are now free from pain my lovely friend. Cheryl Hudson.

  2. avatar Roy Burton said:

    Keef will be sadly missed, me being a Jphn Mayall follower since the 60s i was always a keen follower of his band members and Keef missed out on the fame achieved by so many others but always had my following and thousands more, Rest in peace Keef.

  3. avatar Paul H said:

    The first drummer who inspired me as a 13 year old. Whether using a full big band, or a smaller unit; the great playing of bass player Gary Thain driving the band on with him. The drummer as “the engine and drive” of the band.
    Brave enough to try such varied line-ups including Henry Lowther going on to violin. I bought the albums again recently in CD format and love so many tracks. His loss is sad, but a great & full-hearted player is not forgotten. I’m only a semi-pro, but his style shaped mine. Bless his memory.

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