Thursday, December 3, 2009
DEL-FI RECORDS FOUNDER AND PIONEERING ROCK 'N' ROLL PRODUCER BOB KEANE DIES
Bob Keane, credited for discovering early rock great Ritchie Valens and founder of the long-running independent label Del-Fi Records, passed away Saturday, November 28, of kidney failure, according to a report on Newsday.com.
Any fan of early rock should educate themselves on this towering figure of the music industry, whose entrepreneurial prowess helped guide the careers of a wildly wide ranging list of formidable names, including Barry White, Frank Zappa, Sam Cooke, the Bobby Fuller Four and Glen Campbell among many others. And for anyone into surf and hot rod music, Del-Fi's outstanding compilations are absolute must owns.
Rest in peace, Mr. Keane. You will be missed.
The Lively Ones' "Surf Rider":
The Darts' "Speed Machine":
Teaser for the Bob Keane documentary Oracle of Del-Fi: