Neil Young collaborator Ben Keith dies at 73

Also produced Jewel's debut, played on Patsy Cline classic

Ben Keith, a steel guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who played for four decades with Neil Young, died of a heart attack this month at Young's ranch in La Honda, Calif. He was 73.

Keith played pedal steel on Young's 1972 classic "Harvest" album and continued to tour and record with the singer on albums as recently as 2009's "Fork in the Road."

Young dedicated the song "Old Man" to his collaborator during a show on Monday in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

"This is for Ben Keith. His spirit will live on. The Earth has taken him," Young said.

Keith got his start as a Nashville session musician in the late 1950s, playing on Patsy Cline's "I Fall to Pieces." He went on to play with such artists as Johnny Cash, the Band, Ringo Starr, Todd Rundgren, Warren Zevon, Linda Ronstadt, Willie Nelson and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

Keith produced Jewel's 1995 debut album "Pieces of You," which also featured Young collaborators Spooner Oldham and Tim Drummond.
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