Musician Keith Allison had embarked on a solo career in 1967.
He was often seen in America on the Dick Clark produced television show "Where the Action Is." In 1968 he joined the band "Paul Revere and the Raiders" and stayed with them until the mid 1970s. In 1976 he toured with two ex-Monkees as part of Dolenz, Jones, Boyce and Hart.
Later, he tried some acting roles in films and television. He did three such projects in 1978. In addition to serving as the musical director, Allison was credited as playing the part of the "Recording Engineer" in the Ringo Television Special. The on-screen part was so small, I am not 100% certain where he appeared, but that might be him wearing a cap in the picture below.
A second project that same year was a cameo in the Ringo Starr film "Sextette." That's Keith pictured below in a scene with Tony Curtis, the American actor who appeared on the cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
He did yet another movie cameo in 1978 in the (you guessed it) Robert Stigwood production of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."
He sure seemed to have a lot of connections in the outer fringes of the Beatles World. He was also involved in the Monkees' Movie "Head." I don't know how close they were, but Keith Allison's cousin, Jerry Allison, was the drummer of Buddy Holly and the Crickets. When the Paul McCartney Fun Club had a song contest in 1989 for his annual Buddy Holly celebration, Paul produced a single of the winning song, T-Shirt for the Crickets. Jerry Allison wrote the B-Side.
Keith Allison was a guitar/keyboard player and he could sing too. That's one of the reasons that some people think that his Beatles connections were much deeper than reported. Have you noticed the resemblance? There are some people who think that Keith Allison was one of several people who took over the role of Paul McCartney.
For a more recent view of Keith Allison showing off his musical skills, check out the YouTube Video below. It shows Keith with Waddy Wachtel's band at The Joint in Los Angeles. Keith does a rocking rendition of the Elvis Costello song, "Pump It Up."
I don't know if there is anything to this Keith Allison thing or not, but I suggest we bring him in for questioning.
While you are at The Joint, treat yourself to the same band backing up Blondie Chaplin. If you don't know who Blondie Chaplin is, read up on The Beach Boys and The Rolling Stones. Blondie has been in both. He sang lead on the Beach Boys song "Sail On, Sailor" and he toured with the Stones playing acoustic guitar, percussion and backing vocals. If you ever take your eyes off of Mick and Keith you might see Blondie occasionally stealing the spotlight on the side. I don't know of any connection between Blondie Chaplin and the Beatles, but I encourage you to click on each of the pictures below for some great music.
And while we are far fetching, I would be remiss if I failed to mention yet another character who has arrived on the YouTube scene.
wizardofFaul has given us 1 - The Wizard of Faul #1
The description says:
A brilliant marketing campaign goes awry
A magick spell enthralls the masses
A bargin with the Wizard has a steep price..
Brian, John, Mal, George pay the first bill,
Faul discovers he going to carry that weight a long time
as he gains the world but loses his soul
Song - Passive by Perfect Circle
Don't Play Dead