Raphael Ravenscroft: ‘I was paid £27 for Baker Street sax solo – and the cheque bounced’

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(via The Telegraph)

by Martin Chilton

raffieBaker Street, Gerry Rafferty’s masterpiece from the album City To City, sold more than four million copies worldwide and hung on to the number two spot in the US Billboard Chart for six weeks in 1978.

More than 30 years later, the song was still earning Rafferty, who died in January 2011, royalties of nearly £80,000 per year.

The distinctive saxophone riff was the subject in Britain of an urban myth created in the Eighties by writer and broadcaster Stuart Maconie.

As a spoof contrived for the ‘Would You Believe It?’ column in The New Musical Express, Maconie claimed that the late Bob Holness – bespectacled presenter of TV gameshow Blockbusters – had played the saxophone solo on the recording…

Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/rockandpopfeatures/8241031/I-was-paid-27-for-Baker-Street-sax-solo.html

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