Bert Keyes (extreme right) with The Escorts | Public domain | 14480
Bert Keyes | Ripopmusic | 14481
Arranger and record producer Bert Keyes of New York began working as arranger and producer in the 1940s working with Ruth Brown. Keyes got his first big break as an arranger in 1953, when George Goldner founded Rama Records, and Keyes became the A&R director, musical director, and arranger. He subsequently went on to serve as LaVern Baker’s pianist and continued arranging for artists as diverse as Willie Bobo, Inez and Charlie Foxx, and Albert King. He also arranged television and movie music in the ’60s and ’70s. He is also associated with Sylvia. Bert (sometimes Burt) Keyes was born on September 11, 1930 and died on July 21, 1987.
BMI/ASCAP list him as composer or writer of more than 120 songs.