Bobby Keys, the legendary saxophone player best known for his work in the studio and on the road with The Rolling Stones, died this morning (Tuesday) at his home in Franklin, Tennessee from cirrhosis. He was 70.
In addition to his signature sax on such Stones classics as “Brown Sugar,” “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” and “Emotional Rescue,” he recorded with George Harrison, John Lennon,The Who, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, Barbra Streisand, B.B. King, Carly Simon,Lynyrd Skynyrd and many others.
Keys was born in Texas on December 18th, 1943, the same day as his closest friend in the Stones, Keith Richards. He turned professional at 15, hitting the road with Bobby Veeand Buddy Holly. He hooked up with the Stones in 1969 and was part of every tour they’d done since 1970. However, his illness prevented him from joining them on the last leg of their 14 on Fire tour, last month in Australia and New Zealand.