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Jim Keltner

Born: 1942 AD
Currently alive, at 77 years of age.

1942 – born-April 27- in Tulsa, Oklahoma- Jim Keltner is a distinguished session drummer who has contributed to the work of many well-known artists.


1960’s – As a percussionist, Keltner started out in jazz, some of his early work being with (Jerry Lewis’s son) Gary Lewis and the Playboys.


1971 – He is featured on Carly Simon’s album, Anticipation.


1971-2000’s – Keltner is best known for his session work on solo recordings by three of the Beatles, working often with George Harrison, John Lennon (including Lennon solo albums, as well as albums released both by the Plastic Ono Band and Yoko Ono), and Ringo Starr.Keltner’s relationship with the former Beatles was such that he was parodied on albums released by both Harrison and Starr in 1973. In the spring of that year, Paul McCartney, the only Beatle to have not worked with Keltner, included a note on the back cover of his Red Rose Speedway album, encouraging fans to join the "Wings Fun Club" by sending a "stamped addressed envelope" to an address in London. Later that year, both Harrison’s Living in the Material World and Starr’s "Ringo" contained a similar note encouraging fans to join the "Jim Keltner Fun Club" by sending a "stamped undressed elephant" to an address in Hollywood. Keltner plays the role of the judge in the video for George Harrison’s 1976 Top 30 hit, "This Song".


1989 – Keltner toured with Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band. He also played drums on both albums released by Harrison’s 1980s supergroup, the Traveling Wilburys, and for that reason he is sometimes referred to as the Sixth Wilbury.


         -He has specialized in R&B, and is said to have influenced Jeff Porcaro and Danny Seraphine of Chicago. His drumming style typically melds deceptively simple drum patterns and a casual, loose feel with extraordinary precision. Demonstrations of his style and range can be found from Jealous Guy on John Lennon’s Imagine, the hit single Dreamweaver by Gary Wright, Josie on Aja by Steely Dan, Lay Down Sally on Slowhand by Eric Clapton and The Thorns’ debut, in which he provides a master class in sensitive musicianship alongside Matthew Sweet, Pete Droge and Shawn Mullins.


2002 – Jim played in "The Concert For George" having worked with him (George) earlier in his career.



         -In addition to his work with three of the Beatles, Keltner, as a free-lance drummer, has also worked with Jerry Garcia, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, the Rolling Stones, Ron Wood, Bill Wyman, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Brian Wilson, Bill Frisell, Neil Young, Phil Keaggy, Crowded House, Fiona Apple, Elvis Costello, Ry Cooder, Sam Phillips, Pink Floyd, Steely Dan, Rufus Wainwright and Lucinda Williams among many others.


2006 – he toured with T Bone Burnett in "The True False Identity" tour and featured on Jerry Lee Lewis’ album Last Man Standing. In 2007 Money Mark’s record "Brand New By Tomorrow" was released featuring Jim Keltner, and bassist Carol Kaye. On Brushfire/Universal Records.