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


(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

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: