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Keefer earned his first recording contract with Columbia Records. When Jerry Ross moved across to Mercury Records he took Keefer with him, and the singer soon appeared in the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with his solo single, "Ain't Gonna Lie".

He is best remembered for his hit "98.6"; the recording was issued on the Mercury Records, and reached #24 in the UK Singles Chart in 1967. It was considerably better received in his homeland – the single reached #7, and remained for 14 weeks in the bestsellers in the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[5] It sold over one million copies worldwide, earning a gold disc. The track was written by Tony Powers (lyrics) and George Fischoff (music), arranged by Joe Renzetti, and was produced by Jerry Ross. Its title relates to the normal human body temperature in degrees Fahrenheit.

His debut album, 98.6/Ain't Gonna Lie, was also issued on the Mercury label.

At the height of his career, Keefer was making $15,000 a week, and getting his back slapped by a Beatle, who told him what a great record his "98.6" was. "John Lennon was standing next to me in a urinal in London," he said.


Keith (born James Barry Keefer, 17 May 1949, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) was a U.S. vocalist, and one-hit wonder in both the UK and the US. He legally changed his name to Bazza Keefer in 1988, in memory of his mother.
Best remembered for his hit "98.6", the recording was issued on the Mercury Records, and reached number 24 in the UK Singles Chart in 1967.It was considerably better received in his homeland. The single reached #7, and remained for 14 weeks in the bestsellers in the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It sold over one million copies worldwide, earning a gold disc.

 

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