In the post immediately preceding this one, I established that as a musician, I am four degrees of separation from the Beatles. However, Michael Dearing points out that he was in a one-shot band for a TV show that included the late saxophonist Bobby Keys. While Keys is best remembered for his work with the Rolling Stones, he appeared with a huge variety of rock royalty, including work with George and the solo on John Lennon’s “Whatever Gets You Through the Night.” This then gives Keys a B=1, and if we count the TV band, then Mike Dearing bumps up to B=2. That gives Carl Groves two different routes to B=3, but it also bumps me to B=3, and any of my other bandmates over the years (such as the Mad Dog, for example) to a B=4.
As Dearing himself notes, his link to Keys is something of a gray area. While I have no problem assigning Keys an RS (Rolling Stones) value of 1 along with his B=1, the question arises of whether the Dearing/Keys nexus suffices to give Mike a B=2. Obviously, judgments of this nature are going to be somewhat arbitrary, so in the best tradition of professors from time immemorial, I leave that solution to the interested student.