|#||Release title||Total tracks||Type of release is||Imprint date||Label|
|1||The Ritchie Valens Story||15||Audio||1987||Rhino Records (2)|
Born: 05 January 1922, Manhattan Beach, California, USA.
Died: 29 November 28, 2009.
Founder of [l=Del-Fi Records], producer & bandleader, most noted for his discovery of [a=Richie Valens], the launch of [a=Sam Cooke] and promotion of the 'Surf Sound'.
Keane has worked under a number of names, including Keen, Keene and Verril Keen. Bob Keene is listed in the 2nd column of Zappa's list "These People Have Contributed Materially In Many Ways To Make Our Music What It Is. Please Do Not Hold It Against Them" on [m36466]. He was also Exec Producer for [r2312753] with close ties to [a=Paul Buff].
After fronting the [a=Artie Shaw] band as a teenager he formed the short-lived [l96218] label in 1957 (with John Siamas) and then Del-Fi, named after the Greek oracle. In 1965 he set up [l100784], noted for the hit "I Fought The Law" and, in 1977, his two sons Tom & John released an album as "The [a113245]" - followed by their own music careers. Two of Keane's Del-Fi instrumentals feature in Tarantino's 1994 film "Pulp Fiction". ([m17468])
Keane issued a book of his life story, titled "The Oracle Of Del-Fi". He died of renal failure, aged 87.