Sunday, December 06, 2009

Bob Keane dies

Bob Keane, 87, who founded the West Coast independent record label Del-Fi Records in the 1950s and is best known for discovering and recording Ritchie Valens, died of renal failure Nov. 28 at an assisted living home in Hollywood, Calif. Mr. Keane, a clarinet player who once led his own 18-piece orchestra, briefly headed Keen Records in 1957 and released Sam Cooke's No. 1 hit single "You Send Me" before launching Del-Fi Records.
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