1979 The Keane Brothers – Taking Off

The Keane Brothers was an American pop music duo from 1976 to 1982, composed of pre-teens Tom Keane on piano and John M Keane on drums. The duo released four albums and briefly hosted a television variety show on CBS. The brothers subsequently went on to solo careers as songwriters and music producers.

Tom and John M Keane of Los Angeles, California were the sons of Bob Keane, the founder of Del-Fi Records. After the elder Keane closed his record label, he promoted the boys as a Bubblegum pop band.

The Keane Brothers’ first single, “Sherry” (#84) was released in 1976, followed closely by a self-titled debut album in 1977. That summer, John and Tom (aged 11 and 12) reportedly became the youngest people ever to host a prime-time variety television program. The Keane Brothers Show aired on CBS for four weeks in 1977 as a summer replacement for the Wonder Woman show.

Between the years of 1977 and 1982, the brothers released four albums. The second album, Taking Off, was released in 1979 with a disco sound and produced by song writer Lamont Dozier. In 1981, the group added Mark Moulin on guitars and Mike Millwood on bass and shortened its name to Keane. The third album was titled Keane. In 1982, the group released the album Today, Tomorrow And Tonight with Moulin and Jason Scheff on bass. The brothers disbanded the duo and pursued solo careers.


1  Is Love Not Enough (David Paich) 3:31
2  Dancing In The Moonlight (Sherman Kelly) 3:35
3  You’re Running Away (Tom Keane) 3:02
4  Contract On Love (Janie Bradford, Lamont Dozier) 4:55
5  One Thing On My Mind (David Foster, David Paich) 3:25
6  Taking Off (Lamont Dozier) 4:38
7  Pure Love (Lamont Dozier) 3:15
8  I Wanna Be Where You Are (Arthur Ross, Leon Ware) 3:27
9  Rain Or Shine (Tom Keane) 3:30
10  Candy (Fred Rain) 3:46


BassEd Watkins
DrumsJames Gadson
DrumsRick Calhoun
GuitarDavid T Washington
KeyboardsDavid Paich
KeyboardsDavid Foster
KeyboardsRon Coleman
KeyboardsTom Keane
SynthesizerTom Keane
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsJulia Tillman Waters
Background VocalsLuther Waters
Background VocalsMaxine Willard Waters
Background VocalsOren Waters

Liner Notes

Producer – David Foster, David Paich (Tracks 1, 5
Producer – Lamont Dozier (Tracks 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
Producer (Executive) – Bob Keane
Arranged By (Horns, Strings) – Hense Powell
Engineer – Jay Lewis, Ron Hitchcock
Engineer (Overdubs) – Bruce Brown, Regginald Dozier, Zoli Osaze

Art Direction – Stuart Kusher
Design – Phil Shima
Photography – Raul Vega
Typography – John C. Leprevost

Mixed At Hollywood Sound Recorders
Mixed At Sound Labs, Hollywood
Overdubbed At ABC Recording Studios
Recorded At Hollywood Sound Recorders
Recorded At Sound Labs, Hollywood
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