The Keane Brothers

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The Keane Brothers
Origin USA
Years active 1976 (1976)–1982 (1982)
Members John M. Keane
Tom Keane

The Keane Brothers was an American pop music duo from 1976 to 1982, composed of pre-teens Tom Keane on piano and John Keane on drums. The duo released four albums and briefly hosted a television variety show on CBS. The brothers subsequently went on to solo careers as songwriters and music producers.

History[edit]

Tom and John Keane of Los Angeles, California were the sons of Bob Keane, the founder of Del-Fi Records. After the elder Keane closed his record label, he promoted the boys as a Bubblegum pop band.[1]

The Keane Brothers' first single, "Sherry" (#84) was released in 1976, followed closely by a self-titled debut album in 1977. That summer, John and Tom (aged 11 and 12) reportedly became the youngest people ever to host a prime-time variety television program.[2][3] The Keane Brothers Show aired on CBS for four weeks in 1977 as a summer replacement for the Wonder Woman show.[4]

Between the years of 1977 and 1982, the brothers released four albums. The second album, Taking Off, was released in 1978 with a disco sound and produced by song writer Lamont Dozier. In 1981, the group added Mark Moulin on guitars and Mike Millwood on bass and shortened its name to Keane. The third album was titled Keane.[5] In 1982, the group released the album Today, Tomorrow And Tonight with Moulin and Jason Scheff on bass. The brothers disbanded the duo and pursued solo careers.

John M. Keane[edit]

John (born April 26, 1965) composed music for television, including The Sentinel, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and The Amazing Race.[6] For the CSI series, Keane was nominated for the 2007 Emmy as well as 12 BMI and ASCAP awards.

He also became a session drummer in Los Angeles, recording music with various musicians including Chicago, Michael Bolton, David Foster and Cher. He released two solo albums: Any Other World in 1996 and Straight Away in 1999.

In 2010, John M. Keane released a solo album on Laycut Records titled Everything Changed.

Tom Keane[edit]

Tom (born March 13, 1964) has collaborated as writer and musician with many producers and artists, such as: David Foster, Burt Bacharach, Peter Allen, George Benson, Kenny Rogers, Patti LaBelle, Chicago, Al Jarreau, Patti Austin, Jermaine Jackson, Chaka Khan, Barbra Streisand, and Celine Dion. Tom Keane has been awarded a Grammy nomination for Chaka Khan's hit "Through the Fire," which he co-wrote with David Foster and Cynthia Weil (of "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" fame) and a Golden Globe nomination for the soundtrack to the 1987 film, The Secret of My Success.

The song "Will You Still Love Me?," recorded by Chicago, who had recently added Tom's former Keane bandmate Jason Scheff to the lineup, was co-written by Tom, David Foster and Richard Baskin. Scheff performed lead vocals on the track, which became a number one hit and has well over a million broadcast performances.

Tom issued a pair of solo albums in the early 2000s (decade). In 2000, he released I Love a Gershwin Tune, which, as the title implies, features covers of several classic works by George Gershwin. A second album featuring his own versions of songs he had written, Smoove and Juicy Covers followed in 2001. Tracks on this latter album include the aforementioned "Will You Still Love Me?" as well as the Chaka Khan classic, "Through the Fire."[7]

In 2007, Tom opened a production /development / record entity with reference to his father’s record company, Del-Fi as DMG-Del-Fi Music Group. 2011 saw the release of "Hoodwinked Too!" a Weinstein Company animated feature release, the sequel to the 2005 release, "Hoodwinked". Tom wrote and produced the two pop songs in the film sung by Hayden Panettiere of "Heroes" fame. Tom's production company, DMG has released "Needmore". An Ohio-based rock band that is available on iTunes. DMG will release the 16 year old songwriting phenom, Ceej (www.youtube.com/ceejofficial) Recently Tom teamed up with fellow veteran musician and songwriter, Nathan East to produce and write for Anita Baker album scheduled for release in September 2011.

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Rogers, "Del-Fi Records founder Bob Keane, who discovered Ritchie Valens, dies in Los Angeles at 87", Associated Press, 1 December 2009
  2. ^ Alex MacNeil, Total Television, Penguin, 1996, ISBN 0-14-024916-8
  3. ^ George W. Woolery Children's Television: The First Thirty-Five Years, 1946-1981, Scarecrow Press, 1991
  4. ^ Larry Lehmer, The Day The Music Died: The Last Tour Of Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens, Omnibus Press, 2003, pg. 213 ISBN 0-8256-7287-2
  5. ^ Keane at Discogs
  6. ^ John M. Keane at the Internet Movie Database
  7. ^ Tom Keane @Bluedesert.dk Retrieved 1-16-2011.
  8. ^ Tom Keane at the Internet Movie Database

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