Keith had established himself as a leading face on the country and western scene in a career which spanned 40 years and included 18 albums. He shot to fame as the ‘yodelling milkman’ – a reference to one of his early jobs – starring in the 1974 series of TV’s Opportunity Knocks, which was won by Lena Zavaroni.He was one of the first British artists to be sponsored to complete a Nashville album featuring stars including the Jordanaires, John Gimble and Charlie McCoy.
Keith, from Buxton in Derbyshire sang his songs at clubs and festivals. Keith would be a singing compere at festivals he organised and he often encouraged others. His daughter, Louise, became part of his act and his wife, Alice, was always giving support. Keith suffered a massive heart attack when setting up for a show and died doing what he loved most.