By Bobby Keys

Born in Slaton, Texas, Bobby Keys has lived the type of existence that qualifies as a rock 'n' roll folktale. In his early kids, Keys bribed his means into blood brother Holly’s storage band rehearsals. He took up the saxophone since it used to be the single device left unclaimed within the institution band, and he confident his grandfather to signal his guardianship over to Crickets drummer J.I. Allison in order that he may well move on journey as a teenager.

Keys spent years at the street through the early days of rock ‘n’ roll with hitmakers like Bobby Vee and some of the acts on Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars journey, by way of many years as most sensible traveling and consultation sax guy for the likes of Mad canine and Englishmen, George Harrison, John Lennon, and onto his gig with The Rolling Stone from 1970 onward. Every Night's a Saturday Night unearths Keys atmosphere down the various stories of an over-the-top rock ‘n’ roll lifestyles in his personal inimitable voice.

Augmented by means of particular contributions with well-known pals like Keith Richards, Joe Crocker, and Jim Keltner, Every Night's a Saturday Night paints a different photograph of the coming-of-age of rock 'n' roll.

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At this point in my life, I played all the time. I used to shine my saxophone every day. My saxophone guy was still King Curtis, even though the music I was playing didn’t call for any King Curtis– style solo playing. In fact, I didn’t have any solos period. I’d play lines. King Curtis used a lot of tonguing and a lot of phrasing that was more like a country fiddle-playing-type approach. It was very precise, very difficult to do. He didn’t play any jazz notes at all, just straight-ahead rock ’n’ roll.

Back then, though, you could go to any farmacia and buy fistloads, bucketloads of all these uppers. Once we got across the border, we went into the first bar that we saw and started drinkin’, and pretty much maintained that pace throughout our visit. And even though it’s cheap, cheap, cheap, finally, at some point, you do run outta money. And we ran outta money. I don’t know what on—booze and pills and shit, I guess— but we ran out. We were at a bar and feeling very, very drunk and very, very broke, and I don’t recall how it happened exactly, but I got pissed off at the bartender for some reason and I threw a bottle at him.

It was everything I thought it would be. And no matter what it took, I knew I was gonna find a way to keep doing it. But the Hollyhawks didn’t last. A couple of things happened right around the same time that split the band up for good: Joel Searsy, who played guitar and sang, committed suicide—he’d been having problems with his girlfriend and he turned the engine of his car on inside his garage. Unfortunately, unbeknownst to me at the time, Joel was only the first in a long line of rock ’n’ roll casualties I’d be acquainted with.

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