The "grand old man of country music" in Megan Hughes' 1980 novel Yesterday's Music.
When Reta Freedland first worked with Keats in the sixties, he was a rock star with the world at his feet. But booze, drugs and a messy divorce had sent him on a steady downhill slide. Now Reta's assignment was to bring the brilliant, erratic musician together with Buck Walker, to cut an album that could put Keats back at the top of the charts. Her task was made even more difficult by her growing emotional involvement with Keats, an involvement that threatened both her new love affair with a young English singer as well as her career in the record industry.