Posted by purplemary54 on December 2, 2014
You know his work even if you don’t know his name. Bobby Keys was a saxophonist best known for recording and touring with the Rolling Stones. He passed away today at age 70 from cirrhosis.
There are an unknown number of what’s called working musicians out there; Bobby Keys was one of them, albeit one of the more fortunate ones to come up with a great, relatively steady gig. These guys are the session players and the backing bands to the stars we all know. They lend their talents and skills to multitudes of performances. A lot of them probably make union scale wages. A few, like Keys, manage to hook up with an act like the Stones; most don’t. They work hard (and probably play hard, too). They help create the sounds we love so much. But most of us don’t know who they are.
So here’s to the memory of Bobby Keys, one of the lucky working musicians who made a name for himself in the business. And here’s to the many more whose names we’ll probably never know, but who make music better for all that they do.