Saxophone player Raphael Ravenscroft -- the man behind the most recognizable sax riff in pop music history -- has passed away of a suspected heart attack. He was 60.
Ravenscroft provided the sax hook on Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street," a fairly typical slice of '70s pop-rock turned into a transcendent hit by the unforgettable sax solo. "Baker Street" peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1978 and the riff continues to be one of the most celebrated sax hooks in history.
Ravenscroft was reportedly paid for the sessions with a check that bounced, while Rafferty earned thousands in royalties on the song over the years.