player and craftsman who was part of several groups before becoming a
sought-after session musician.
One of his earliest recordings is with the Brunning Hall Sunflower
Blues Band, the 1968 release Bullen
St. Blues. Other groups he was affiliated with include Matthews'
Southern Comfort, Meal Ticket, and The Southern Ramblers. He appeared on a couple of
relatively high-profile albums in 1974 and 1975, Leo Sayer's Just A Boy and Olivia Newton John's Clearly Love, respectively. In 1977, he played banjo on Scouse the Mouse, a children's album
which employed the vocal talents of Adam Faith and Ringo Starr in a story
written and narrated by Donald Pleasence. Four years later, he joined forces with Monty Python
alum Neil Innes on Innes Book Of
Records. There is a great
story about Keith Nelson the craftsman: Pete Townshend generously gave Albert Lee a Gibson SG
guitar. The only problem was,
it was in about four pieces.
Nelson managed to put it back together, with new inlays around the
neck. You can see the finished
product on Jerry Lee Lewis's album, The
Session. Since the turn of
the century, Keith Nelson has performed as half of the duo West &
Nelson, with country and western guitarist/vocalist Alan West. A bit of trivia about Keith: He has a Bacon number of one in the
popular game "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon". He played banjo on the Des'ree
album Why?, which was produced
and mixed by Kevin Bacon, who also played bass.
Leo Sayer recordings
Long Tall Glasses (I Can Dance)
(David Courtney/Leo Sayer)
Old Gold OG 9795-A (UK