February 21, 2016
above image of RR from this story from The Telegraph (link)
Today is the final day of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s celebration of the sax family. One of the few musical instruments to carry the name of it’s inventor and innovator, Adolphe Sax.
There are many classic tunes using the sax but this one is one that immediately comes to mind. The alto sax was played by Brit Raphael Ravenscroft who (reportedly) was cut a £27.50 cheque for his effort. Ravenscourt stated in numerous subsequent interviews that the track he laid down that day in ’78 was “flat” and that he was quite disappointed by it (one of the most memorable sax solos in pop/rock history). The whole story is an all too familiar footnote to the most vicious game of all:
Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street – 1978