I had the great pleasure of speaking to one of my favorite American Folk singers, Danny O’Keefe about his new album Looking Glass & The Dreamers, his long career in music, his number one hit and a personal favorite of mine, Good Time Charlie’s Got The Bl...
I had the great pleasure of speaking to one of my favorite American Folk singers, Danny O’Keefe about his new album Looking Glass & The Dreamers, his long career in music, his number one hit and a personal favorite of mine, Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues and its newfound resurgence in the film The Tender Bar, his early influences, the joy and love and friendship given by the animals in our lives, building a family life while on the road, and so much more. Enjoy!
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Singer / Songwriter / Musician
In 1968, O'Keefe was a member of a four-man heavy psychedelic rock band named Calliope. The group recorded one album, Steamed, for Buddah Records before disbanding.
O'Keefe is best known for the hit single, "Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues", which was released in September 1972, and reached number 9 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, and for "The Road", covered by Jackson Browne on Running on Empty. "Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues" stayed on the Billboard chart for 14 weeks and sold a million copies. Sales culminated in a gold disc issued by the R.I.A.A. in June 1973. The song became O'Keefe's only song to reach The Australian top 100, peaking at number 53 in February 1973.
O'Keefe's songs have been covered by numerous musicians, including Jackson Browne ("The Road"), Gary Stewart ("Quits"), Elvis Presley, Glen Campbell ("Quits"), John Denver ("Along For The Ride"), Donny Hathaway ("Magdalena"), Leo Sayer ("Magdalena"), Jerry Lee Lewis, Judy Collins ("Angel Spread Your Wings"), Leon Russell, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jimmy Buffett, Alison Krauss, Ben Harper, Cab Calloway, Mark-Almond, Andy Williams, Dwight Yoakam ("Under the Covers") and others; in Italy his song "The Road" has been covered by Ron, with Italian lyrics written by Lucio Dalla (and re-titled "Una città per cantare").
In 2020, O'Keefe released "Looking Glass & The Dreamers