Jim Keltner, drummer
The Traveling Wilburys

Jim Keltner

April 27, 1942, Tulsa, OK

He has played with a virtual wing of The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Steely Dan, The Traveling Wilburys, Barbra Streisand, Mick Jagger, Jerry Garcia, Joni Mitchell, Brian Wilson, The Bee Gees, and dozens of others have employed him as their session drummer. Not bad for a person whose first claim to fame was for Gary Lewis & The Playboys 1966 hit single, She Just My Style. ~ Blogcritics: The Jim Keltner Fan Club ~ August 29, 2010 © Blogcritics

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April 27, 1963 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (4) Peter, Paul & Mary, Puff (The Magic Dragon ~ #2 (2) Andy Williams, Can't Get used To Losing You ~ #1 (1) Little Peggy March, I Will Follow Him


Keltner's relationship with the former Beatles was such that his name was used to parody McCartney on albums released by Harrison and Starr in 1973. Early that year, Paul McCartney, the only Beatle not to have 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 Fan Club” by sending a “stamped undressed elephant” to an address in Hollywood. ~ Wikipedia: Jim Keltner ~ retrieved August 14, 2014 © Wikipedia

Jim Keltner ~ Named one of the Rhythm 100 Most Influential Dummers in 2011 ~ If you have anything more than the most passing interest in popular music, Tulsa-born Jim Keltner is undoubtedly somewhere in your house, having played with everyone from Eric Clapton and Steely Dan to the Travelling Wilburys. ~ 2011 © Rhythm/Musicradar

As a Session musician, guest or band member

Tom Petty ~ Full Moon Fever (1988) ~ Ranked #92 Rolling Stone 100 Best Albums Of The Eighties in 1990 ~ Petty's first album without the Heartbreakers, fell together almost by accident early in 1988 when he and new acquaintance Jeff Lynne wrote and cut a few songs together at guitarist Mike Campbell's garage studio. The result was an album of pop nuggets with a bright, Sixties-style sheen. ~ 1990 © Rolling Stone

The Traveling Wilburys

The Traveling Wilburys ~ Inducted in the 2007 Vocal Group Hall Of Fame.

The Traveling Wilburys ~ The Traveling Wilburys, Volume 1 (1988) ~ Ranked #70 Rolling Stone 100 Best Albums Of The Eighties in 1990 ~ “This is the best record of its kind ever made,” wrote David Wild in Rolling Stone's review of the Traveling Wilburys' Volume One. “Then again,” he added, “it's also the only record of its kind ever made.” ~ 1990 © Rolling Stone

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