Bobby Keys, the talented saxophone player who toured with the Rolling Stones for more than 45 years, has passed away at age 70.
Keys, who played on great classics like “Brown Sugar” and “Live With Me”, died Tuesday morning after battling cirrhosis of the liver.
Keys played regularly with The Rolling Stones, but also worked with Eric Clapton, The Who, George Harrison, Faces, Carly Simon, Chuck Berry, Dr John, and Lynard Skynard through the years.
Bobby Keys died this morning at his home in Franklin, Tennessee.
The sax player is most known for his sax solo on The Rolling Stones’ 1971 hit “Brown Sugar”.
Keys started touring at age fifteen with Bobby Vee and fellow Texan Buddy Holly. Keys is best known as being the main saxophone player for The Rolling Stones. He played on every album from 1969 until 1974 and from 1980 to present, and has performed on all Stones tours since 1970.
The Rolling Stones issued a statement on Keys’ death, saying, “The Rolling Stones are devastated by the loss of their very dear friend and legendary saxophone player, Bobby Keys. Bobby made a unique musical contribution to the band since the 1960s. He will be greatly missed.”
Keys was a touring musician from 1956 until his 2014 death.
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