March 6: Ben Keith Was Born in 1937 – Here Playing With Bob Dylan on “Wallflower” (audio)

Ben Keith performs at The Cutting Room on July 19, 2007 in New York City

Bennett Keith Schaeufele (March 6, 1937 – July 26, 2010), better known by his stage name Ben Keith, was an American musician and record producer. Known primarily for his work as a pedal steel guitarist with Neil Young, Keith was a fixture of the Nashville country music community in the 1950s and 1960s before working with numerous successful rock, country and pop artists as both a producer and versatile, multi-instrumentalist sideman for over four decades.

Wallflower” is a song written and recorded in November 1971 by Bob Dylan. Dylan’s own recording, however, was not released until twenty years later as part of The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991. An alternate version from the same 1971 session was released in 2013 on The Bootleg Series Vol. 10: Another Self Portrait (1969–1971).

Columbia Studio B
New York City, New York
4 November 1971
Produced by Bob Dylan.

  • Bob Dylan (guitar, harmonica, vocal)
  • Kenneth Buttrey (drums)
  • Ben Keith (steel guitar)
  • Leon Russell (bass)


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