Raphael Ravenscroft dead: 'Baker Street' musician who played the most famous saxophone solo for just £27, dies aged 60

However, the famous song, which shot to No.3 in the UK Singles Charts in 1978, is said to have earned Rafferty £80,000 a year in royalties

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Raphael Ravenscroft, the musician who played the most famous saxophone solo of all time on Gerry Rafferty’s hit record “Baker Street”, has died after a suffering a suspected heart attack.

Born in Stoke-on-Trent, Ravenscroft found instant fame after the release of the 1978 track – despite reportedly being paid only £27 for the recording session with a cheque that apparently bounced.

However, the song is said to have earned Rafferty £80,000 a year in royalties.

“I'm irritated because it's out of tune,” Ravenscroft said during one radio interview in 2011. “Yeah, it's flat. By enough of a degree that it irritates me at best.”

 

 

“Baker Street” shot to No.3 in the UK charts following its release and No.2 in the US.

He went on to play with Pink Floyd, Abba and Marvin Gaye, among others, as well working as a session musician for Daft Punk more recently.

A former music teacher, he also published instruction book The Complete Saxophone Player in 1990.

 

He made amends with Rafferty by recording tribute song “Forgiveness” in 2011.

The tune saw him duet on the saxophone with the voices of the famous Tenebrae choir.

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