Singer, songwriter and recording artist Keith Allison dies at 79

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SHERMAN OAKS, CA (CelebrityAccess) – Keith Allison, songwriter, musician, actor and singer who has performed with artists such as Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Monkees, Harry Nilson, Alice Cooper and Ringo Starr, among others, is died November 17 at his home in Sherman Oaks, California. He was 79 years old.

His passing was announced by Alex Hart, son of longtime Raiders manager Roger Hart.

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Keith Allison. All of us here in the Raider family are terribly heartbroken. Keith will always be a Raider. Our love goes out to Keith’s wife Tina, son Ryeland, daughters Allison and Brenda and all the grandchildren. Keith was a friend to everyone and everyone loved Keith. His presence will be greatly missed. Thank you all for your kind thoughts and expressions regarding ‘Guitar’ Keith.

Born in Coleman, Texas in 1942, Allison began performing in local clubs and bands in the 1950s, including the Keith Allison Combo. In 1962, he signed as musical director and guitarist for Ray Peterson and then joined The Crickets with his cousin Jerry Allison on drums.

After moving to Los Angeles in the mid-1960s, he raised his profile with an appearance on Dick Clark’s “Where The Action Is” at Whiskey A-Go-Go when he was mistaken for Paul McCartney.

According to a published obituary, Keith has been invited back to become a permanent cast member of Action along with fellow members of Paul Revere & The Raiders.

He also performed with The Monkees and contributed several songs to their catalog, including “Headquarters”, “Head”, and co-wrote credits with Michael Nesmith on “Aunties Municipal Court”.

Additionally, he provided guitar and harmonica on Sonny & Cher’s hit “The Beat Goes On” and released a solo album, “In Action”, through Colombia Records.

He also officially joined Paul Revere & The Raiders in 1968, providing bass, guitar, organ, vocals and taking on some songwriting duties with the band.

His writing credits with The Raiders include “Freeborn Man” which he co-wrote with Mark Lindsay.

In 1971 Keith wrote and performed the title song for the film “Where Does It Hurt?” with Peter Sellers and he also played Hinkley, a minor character in the film.

From 1975 to 1977, Keith played guitar and was the bandleader of the supergroup “Dolenz, Jones, Boyce & Hart” and on the Capitol Records album and recorded the live album “Live In Tokyo” during of a tour with them in Asia in 1976.

In 1977, Keith played guitar on Ringo Starr’s “Bad Boy” and signed on for a stint as musical director of Ringo Starr’s “Ringo” television special. His other acting credits include appearances on TV shows such as “Blossom,” “7th Heaven,” and “The Wonder Years,” as well as playing Captain James J. White in the Civil War movie “Gods.” and Generals” in 2003.

In 2015, Keith was inducted as an ambassador for the Buddy Holly Foundation along with Don Everly, and received a replica Buddy Holiday J45 guitar presented by Jerry Allison. A year later, he joined the Crickets for their final show at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa.

Keith is survived by his wife Tina Stern of 40 years, son Ryeland Allison, daughters Allison Gonzalez (husband Rob) and Brenda Meck (husband Rich), sister Cherri Hicks (husband Don), Judith Allison and Don Reo, eight little ones -children Zephyr, Skyler, Gavin, Adrian, Madeline, Isabella, Makyla, Mercedes and six great-grandchildren.

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