Inducted October 27, 2019, Born in Oklahoma, he grew up in Pasadena, California and started doing session work, launching a quite a career. His drumming style typically melds deceptively simple drum patterns and a casual, loose feel with extraordinary precision.
Keltner is best known for his session work on solo recordings by three of The Beatles, George Harrison, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr. He and Starr were the drummers on the Concert for Bangladesh, rock music’s first charity benefit at Madison Square Garden in New York.
In addition, he has also worked with Bob Dylan, Leon Russell, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Steely Dan, Ry Cooder, Randy Newman, Dolly Parton, Harry Nilsson, Simon and Garfunkel, Jackson Browne, Tom Petty, Lucinda Williams, Elvis Costello, Rickie Lee Jones, Ziggy Marley, Bill Frisell, John Mayer, Diana Krall,, Conor Oberst, Jerry Lee Lewis, Boz Scaggs, Sara Bareilles, Jenny Lewis, and Phoebe Bridgers and many more.