|"Along with Strat, in something of a free transfer - the first of several, as it was to turn out - came Keith Ellis (RIP). Keith had played in The Koobas, a late-era Liverpool group with some track record of success... albeit in Switzerland. They had recently disbanded and Keith - with, I suspect (in retrospect) some mistrust, but egged on by Strat - joined us. Hands up again: I do owe Keith a lot. He was not, perhaps, the greatest musician; he was, however, the one who taught all of us the teeth-gritting it takes along with the open laughs; what the life of a musician is. He was, in short, a Pro, and although only a year or so older than the rest of us he was streets ahead in his life experience. I don't know what he made of us at all at first... but he bore with it."
- Keith Ellis joins in October 1968, by Peter Hammill (from The Aerosol Grey Machine CD sleeve notes)
|Keith Ellis joins
Van der Graaf Generator
from the Koobas
"But we all loved Keith because he was a great guy, he was an experienced pro and had toured a lot with The Koobas. He looked like a rock star. He’d been around, so he taught the band a lot about the rock life. I liked him. I thought he was really nice, an easy-going, fun-loving guy who really liked playing and doing his best. I remember Peter saying that he’d been influenced by Keith’s ethos – you do the gig, you give it everything. That’s why you’re up there, to give it 110 percent. And he was like that, a really lovely guy."
- Judge Smith in an interview
"Keith Ellis meanwhile joined Juicy Lucy, went to America for a while and is now in Boxer with Mike Patto and Ollie Halsall - a star band if ever there was one."
- Zig Zag November 1975
|This picture is taken from a Sounds article that appeared in 1975, showing Keith Ellis second from left.
See also Early Van der Graaf Generator pictures with Keith Ellis.