Frank O’Keefe joined the Outlaws family in early 1968 after the original bassist Phil Humberg left the band. O’Keefe left the Outlaws briefly in 1973 only to return in 1974 before the recording of their classic self-titled debut album which also included one song, “Keep Prayin’“, written by. him.
Frank O’Keefe broke his neck in July 1976 which lead to his reliance for pain medication for the rest of his life. He also appeared on the second album by the Outlaws, Lady in Waiting in 1976, but left the group permanently in 1977 after the neck pains and the Outlaws touring schedule became too much to handle for him. He was eventually replaced by Harvey Dalton Arnold.
Just 19 days after the dead of his old band mate, Billy Jones, Frank O’Keefe was found dead in his home Clearwater, Florida on February 26, 1995 after taking a drug overdose. He was only 45 years old at the time of his death. Frank O’Keefe was survived by his mother, Dolores O’Keefe, a brother, Michael, two sisters, Kathleen and Colleen, a daughter, Shannon and grandson, Christopher O’Keefe.
Frank O’Keefe March 18, 1950 – February 26, 1995