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Raphael Ravenscroft passes away Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Raphael RavenscroftIt is with sadness that we bring you the news that highly-regarded saxophonist Raphael Ravenscroft passed away, suddenly, yesterday (October 20th), aged 60.

Raphael was most noted for his sax solo on the late Gerry Rafferty's 1978 hit, Baker Street, from the album City To City - a solo which propelled him to stardom. He was paid just £27.50 for the original recording, but the popularity of the track resulted in him earning many thousands in subsequent royalties.

The quality of Raphael's saxophony lead to work on various Pink Floyd related projects. Live, he was part of David Gilmour's 1984 About Face tour, and he played sax on Roger Waters' release of the same year, The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking. The previous year, his tenor sax appeared on Pink Floyd's album, The Final Cut.

Our condolences to his friends and family.

 
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