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Jim Keltner

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Perhaps one of the most revered drummers after Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa and Ringo Starr is Jim Keltner. He is one of the most famed session drummer whose services over the years have been sought by music legends and other celebrated artists.

Keltner was born on April 27, 1942 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has been working with many bands and renowned artists over the years. But he is mostly remembered for the work he did with three Beatles members, George Harrison, John Lennon and Ringo Starr. In August 1971, Keltner played alongside Ringo Starr on the Concert for Bangladesh, which was the first rock concert organized to raise money for charity. The concert was convened by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar.

Keltner has had a very cordial relationship with the Beatles. He was requested by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar to accompany them for a series of concerts. After he agreed, they had their first performance in Memphis on November 20, 1974. He had been a very close friend of the Beatles as seen in the way he was parodied by Harrison and Starr when they both released their solo albums in 1973. Paul McCartney who had not worked with Keltner including a note at the back cover of his album Red Rose Speedaway, which urged the fans to join the Wings Fun Club by sending a ‘stamped addressed envelope, and a London address was given. Wings was a band started by McCartney after the Beatles broke up. But later that year when Harrison and Ringo released their albums Living in the Material World and Ringo respectively, they included notes urging fans to join ‘Jim Keltner Fun Club’ by sending a ‘stamped undressed elephant’ and a Hollywood address was given! Keltner also appeared in the video of the hit song ‘This song’ by George Harrison where he played the role of a judge.

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