Bobby Keys – RIP

You’d recognize him in a second if you heard him. He gave the Stones some seriously nasty sax on a bunch of their best-known hits, particularly “Brown Sugar.” His name was Bobby Keys and he was not only a virtuoso on his horn, but was also the only one who could keep up with the legendary Keith Richards in the substance abuse department. Until Bobby’s liver finally gave out, that is. Though he unfortunately passed away recently at the age of 70, Keys left us all with an enduring legacy of monster performances. Below is my personal favorite, “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking,” from 1971’s Sticky Fingers. Check out his solo about halfway through the song during the impromptu jam — the cat could blow.

 

 

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