There are a couple of stories about where the Black Keys got their name.
One says that Patrick Carney’s dad, who was an art dealer, knew of someone who referred to good-for-nothing people as “black keys.”
But another story says the guys had an acquaintance named Alfred McMoore who suffered from schizophrenia. Alfred would often leave weird phone messages that referred to their fathers as “black keys.” When he was particularly upset with them, he’d call them “D-flat,” which, of course, is one of the black keys on a piano. Interesting backstory, so Patrick and Dan Auerbach decided to go with that.
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