GERRY RAFFERTY: “Baker Street” Sax Soloist Raphael Ravenscroft Dead at Age 60
More than 35 years after it became a worldwide hit, it still earned him over $100,000 in annual royalties.
Raphael Ravenscroft, whose remarkable saxophone solo helped make Gerry Rafferty‘s “Baker Street” a worldwide hit, died Sunday from a heart attack. He was 60.
The native of Stoke-on-Trent, England also recorded with such impressive names as Pink Floyd, ABBA, America, Maxine Nightingale and Marvin Gaye. And more recently, he’d backed Daft Punk and Duffy. But his haunting extended solo on “Baker Street” was his signature — and according to the Herald of Scotland, his meal ticket. He was said to earn $125,000 a year in royalties from the song.
Reports from Britain say that Ravenscroft had apparently recovered from a stroke and had organized a May charity event for a young girl and family friend who died tragically.