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R.I.P. Raphael Ravenscroft: More sax that made music pop
R.I.P. Raphael Ravenscroft: More sax that made music pop

Studio musicians contribute immeasurably, and often anonymously, to the fabric of pop music, making it a rarity when one rises above that anonymity the way saxophonist Raphael Ravenscroft did as the result of his signature wailing solo on Gerry Rafferty’s 1978 hit “Baker Street,” a hook that is every bit as important to the song’s popularity as Rafferty’s voice and lyrics. It also came not long before the era of the synthesizer dawned in the 1980s, when organic sounds of a wind instrument were largely abandoned, at least in terms of what surfaced on pop radio. With that in mind, an in recognition of Ravenscroft’s passing, Pop & Hiss offers an...

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