Saxophone player Raphael Ravenscroft – man behind the ‘Baker Street’ solo – dies

Ravenscroft also worked with Pink Floyd, Marvin Gaye, Abba, Daft Punk and Duffy

Saxophonist Raphael Ravenscroft has died.

As The Telegraph report, the Scottish musician – best known for his part on Gerry Rafferty’s 1978 track ‘Baker Street’ – passed away on Sunday (October 19) from a suspected heart attack.

‘Baker Street’ reached Number Two in the US chart and Number Three in the UK, becoming one of the most iconic pieces of sax music ever.

Over the course of his career, Ravenscroft recorded with the likes of Pink Floyd, Marvin Gaye and Abba, more recently working with Daft Punk and Duffy. He was initially paid £27 for his ‘Baker Street’ riff, later earning as much as £80,000 a year from the royalties.

In a radio interview in 2011, Ravenscroft expressed his dislike for the track that made his name. “I’m irritated because it’s out of tune. Yeah, it’s flat. By enough of a degree that it irritates me at best,” he said at the time.

Later that year, he recorded a tribute to collaborator Gerry Rafferty for Rafferty’s funeral.

Ravenscroft was 60 years old at the time of his death.
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