Frank O’Keefe

Frank O’Keefe
Frank O’Keefe was one of the original members of the Tampa-based group “The Outlaws”. Frank was a talented bassist as well as a guitar player and songwriter. The group formed in 1967 and by the end of 1968 recorded two unreleased albums. The master tapes were deliberately destroyed and what was pressed were either dumped or pawned-off. Afterwards a series of personnel changes ensued. The line-up that was to become known as “The Three Guitar Army” was solidified in 1972 with the addition of Billy Jones and Henry Paul. The “Outlaws” big break came in 1974 when they were spotted in a club by Clive Davis (formerly of columbia records) who signed them to his newly formed label “Arista Records”. Their debut album was released in 1975 and “There Goes Another Love Song” and “Green Grass and High Tides” became staples of FM radio airplay. The album went to number one in California. In 1976 they released “Lady in Waiting”. This was to be the last album with Frank O’Keefe. In July of 1976 Frank fell into an empty swimming pool and broke his neck. Although not paralyzed his injury left him debilitated to the point where he could no longer play the bass guitar without risking permanent paralyisis leaving him to rely on prescription pain killers. In order to make ends meet Frank worked as a painting contractor and dabbled in photography. as well as staying active in music and songwriting. On the morning of February 26th, 1995 Frank was found by his roommate dead on the floor. His death was attributed to an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. Frank O’Keefe was 44 years old.

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