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Doncaster Features: Famous Doncastrian: Brian Keenan
Brian Edmund Peter Keenan was the driving beat behind The Chambers Brothers (1965-1971), and also played with the Manfred Mann group. His group, The Losers, was the house band at Ondine, the first discotheque in New York City.
Born in New York, he also lived in Conisbrough as a child.
Bill Graham, impresario behind The Filmore West and East, felt Brian was the most exciting live rock drummer. The few times The Chambers Brothers were not top bill with Brian on drums, the top billed group were reluctant to follow them. The Brothers affectionately referred to Brian as 'Curley' and introduced him onstage as Brian 'Chambers' Keenan.
Keenan left the group in 1971 after major financial abuses by the groups management were unresolved. Keenan is buried at Queen of Peace cemetery in Stamford, Connecticut.
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