About

Life in the Key of Rubini is Michel Rubini’s high-flying, heartfelt, and often gripping memoir about his days of hit-making, hell-raising, and skirt-chasing in a Hollywood sadly long gone. From playing on classic hits such as “Strangers in the Night,” “I Got You Babe,” and “Unchained Melody” to involvements with gorgeous film and TV actresses such as Raquel Welch, Joanna Moore, and Lynda Carter (i.e. Wonder Woman), the evidence is in: Michel Rubini has led the kind of life that will astound.

Michel Rubini discusses playing piano on hit record “Strangers In The Night”

Back in 1966. a film crew came to Gold Star Recorders in Hollywood to do a short feature piece on what it was like behind the scenes at a Sonny and Cher recording session. As usual, I was playing on that date and can be seen here goofing around for the camera with Cher at my harpsichord.

Note: If you look closely you will see jazz legend BARNEY KESSEL (winner of the prestigious DownBeat magazine readers poll in 1956, 1957 and 1958) hiding behind his guitar, MIKE POST finger-picking his 12-string guitar (Multi-Grammy Award Winning Composer) sitting next to MAC REBENNACK playing guitar (now known as “DR. JOHN”), and a young JIMMY GORDON playing the bells (later to become famous as the drummer in Eric Clapton’s group “Derek And The Dominos” and fellow composer of their biggest hit song “Layla”.

This is the USS Enterprise hailing Dr. Marlena Moreau — do you read?" That, of course, is a little insider humor regarding the beautiful actress Barbara Luna, who is with me here in this photo from 1990. We were a romantic couple for a while and aside from her countless TV and film appearances over the years, Barbara was/is probably best known for having starred in the classic 1967 Star Trek episode, “Mirror, Mirror,” considered to be one of the best in that show’s history.

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Harry Nilsson & Michel Rubini

This is a shot of Harry Nilsson and me hanging out from the early 70's, this time standing in North Hollywood in front of our favorite coffee shop, a unique diner that had been constructed inside of an old railcar.

Interview with pianist Michel Rubini regarding his years as a studio musician playing with the group of famous musicians known as The Wrecking Crew during the 1960's and early 70's.

Harry Nilsson & Michel Rubini

"Swimming With Nilsson"

Maui Wowie! Or perhaps I should say Maui Belle, to be more accurate, which was her nickname. She was a gorgeous free-spirited soul who tagged along with Harry Nilsson and me during our escapade on the island of Maui. In this photo, the three of us can be seen bobbing around in the ocean while trying to unscramble our brains after taking a hit of LSD. Soon thereafter and much to our delight, Belle whipped off her bikini and began joyfully performing underwater acrobatics in the nude for us. Ahh, the sweet, innocent days of youth…

"Floating With the Stars"

My website wouldn’t be complete without a Sonny and Cher photo. This is the three of us floating off the beach at Waikiki with Diamond Head in the background in the early ‘70s. By this time, with their TV series, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, receiving huge ratings, they were flat-out superstars.

Sony & Cher - Michel Rubini - Diamond Head

Are you a fan of sex, drugs & rock ’n’ roll? Well, good news — Michel Rubini has come to your rescue.

Inside his brand-new memoir, Life in the Key of Rubini, there are well over two-dozen eye-popping, jaw-dropping, heart-stopping photos (with captions) of exotic women, substance-enjoying musicians, and rare insider music shots that’ll make you want to run out and buy two copies. Or three. It’s bold, it’s beautiful, and it’s one very untraditional autobiography!