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Hot! Danny O’Keefe

In the 1970’s, Danny O’Keefe (Songwriter) put out a string of albums that cemented his reputation as being among the best songwriters of his generation. Casual fans know him best for his Top Ten hit “Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues” or Jackson Browne’s version of “The Road” from the classic Running On Empty album.

O’Keefe’s songs have been recorded by a Who’s Who of artists: Elvis Presley, Cab Calloway, Charlie Rich, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Earl Klugh, Chris Hillman, Conway Twitty, Leon Russell, Dwight Yoakam, Jerry Lee Lewis and Milt Hinton. But that’s just who recorded “Good Time Charlie.” Other credits include Alison Krauss (“Never Got Off The Ground”), Jimmy Buffett(“Souvenirs”), Nickel Creek (“When You Come Back Down”), Judy Collins (“Angel Spread Your Wings”), Donny Hathaway (“Magdalena”), John Denver (“Along for the Ride”), Gary Stewart(“Quits”), Sheena Easton (“Next to You”), Jesse Colin Young (“Night School”), Chris Smither (“Steel Guitar”), Ute Lemper (“You Look Just Like A Girl Again”) and Alan Jackson (“Anywhere on Earth You Are”). “Well, Well, Well,” which Danny wrote with Bob Dylan, has been recorded by Ben Harper, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Bonnie Raitt and David Lindley.


“At my school, everyone in band thinks that music is about copying, not creating. They all need to watch your show. That would show them what it’s all about.”

— B.J.