Bobby Keys, legendary Rolling Stones session musician, dead age 70

Keys also played saxophone with The Who, Eric Clapton and Lynard Skynard

Saxophone player Bobby Keys has died at the age of 70.

The legendary session musician played regularly with The Rolling Stones, and also worked with Eric Clapton, The Who, George Harrison, Faces, Carly Simon, Chuck Berry, Dr John and Lynard Skynard over the years. Nashville Scene reports that Keys passed away this morning (December 2) at his home in Franklin, Tennessee. Reports state that he had been battling cirrhosis of the liver.

He is best known for his sax solo on The Rolling Stones’ 1971 hit ‘Brown Sugar’, and featured on the 1969 album ‘Let It Bleed’ as well as the LPs ‘Sticky Fingers’, ‘Exile on Main St’, ‘Goats Head Soup’ and ‘Emotional Rescue’. Key released two solo albums, 1972’s ‘Bobby Keys’ – which featured George Harrison and Ringo Starr of The Beatles – and 1975’s ‘Gimme The Key’.

Keys appeared with The Rolling Stones during their headline set in 2013 at Glastonbury Festival. In 2012 he released his autobiography, Every Night Is A Saturday Night, which featured a foreword from his close friend Keith Richards. Click below to watch a clip of the two friends throwing a television set out of the window of the Hyatt Hotel in Los Angeles in 1972.