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Keith (H.W.) Rosenbaum


    Keith “The Hardest Working Hair In Show Business” Rosenbaum was born in Bay Village Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, moving out to Phoenix at age 6.

Keith, seen here in 1957, in his first role as the Hardest Working Hair In Show Business;
The Little Drummer Boy 

    Keith, as were many children of the era, was planted firmly in front of the television set that fateful Sunday, February 9, 1964, when The Beatles performed on The Ed Sullivan Show. His life was forever changed. He took up the drums, with Ringo being his inspiration and "teacher." When asked, "How did you learn to play the drums?," Keith's reply was quick and to the point. "I modified a phonograph so I could get the music into a set of headphones. I sat for hours on end, listening, learning, and playing along to the beat that Ringo was laying down. For me, it's all about the time, and the feel, and when it comes to Ringo, NOBODY has a groove like Ringo... NOBODY." Well said, well said...

Keith (HW), circa 1966, practicing his drumming skills during a break, while working as a very young Maître d' at "The Green Gables" restaurant, formerly on 24th Street & Thomas, Phoenix.
(note the "Meet The Beatles" album cover on the wall, as well as local radio station KRIZ flyer)


    The Valley’s music scene has included the talents of H.W. for many years. The drumming began in 6th Grade with 'The Deep Impressions’ and grew to ‘2nd Story Giraffe’ in 8th Grade and “Wheat Ridge’ in High School at Alhambra HS (Frasier's alma mater as well). Chances are if you’ve been listening to live music in the Valley, you’ve heard him. If you recognize any of these bands, ‘The City Kids’ ‘Iron Butterfly (Yes, THAT Iron Butterfly)’ ‘ Andy Hardy’ ‘Debye DeLorean & the Imports’ ‘Paradox’ ‘Back Seat Romance’ ‘Wa Benz’ ‘The Switch’ ‘Axis’ ‘Express’ or ‘The Tina Bailey Band,’ you’ve seen Keith perform. He has worked with national acts; Chuck Berry at the former Tempe Gold Rush and the legends of psychedelic rock ‘Iron Butterfly.’ Marmalade Skies is quite pleased that Keith’s family moved their very young son to AZ from Ohio in 1960. The talent behind that mane of hair and the red set
of Pearl’s is an integral part of our sound.

As a side note, a VERY young Bobby Frasier (guitar – Marmalade Skies) actually saw Keith perform at Frasier’s first, grade-school dance.  While Frasier was in 7th grade, Keith played at Catalina grade school, in ‘2nd Story Giraffe.’ From the black lights, glow paint, and the rousing rendition of The Door’s “Break On Through (To The Other Side),” Frasier has never been the same.


The Hardest Working Hair in Show Business
Playing an exact replica of Ringo's Black Oyster Pearl Ludwig Drum Kit


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