Bobby Keys, the saxophonist who joined The Rolling Stones on some of the band’s most beloved hits, died today after a long battle with cirrhosis.
He was 70 years old.
Keys was born in Texas and starting touring with Buddy Holly and Bobby Vee at the age of 16. He met Mick Jagger and company in 1964, first appearing on one of their albums in 1964.
Beginning with “Let It Bleed,” Keys played on every Rolling Stones album until 174’s “It’s Only Rock ’n Roll.”
He also took part in “Emotional Rescue” in 1980 and the group’s latest record, “A Bigger Bang” in 2005.
Keys continued to tour with band all the way up until a few months ago, when he was forced to drop out due to medical reasons.
Keys and his saxophone can be heard on such singles as "Brown Sugar," "Can’t You Hear Me Knocking" and "Happy," among many others.
He also collaborated over the years with Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, George Harrison, Lynyrd Skynyrd and John Lennon.
We send our condolences to his loved ones.