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Raphael Ravenscroft

Raphael Ravenscroft

Raphael Ravenscroft


Raphael Ravenscroft (born in Stoke-on-Trent on 4 June 1954; died 19 October 2014 in Exeter) was an English musician and author on saxophone playing. He was best known for his work with Gerry Rafferty, performing the saxophone solo on "Baker Street", and for his performances with Pink Floyd, performing tenor saxophone on The Final Cut. Born in Stoke-on-Trent, Ravenscroft was best known for his work with Gerry Rafferty, performing the saxophone solo on "Baker Street" and his performances with Pink Floyd — tenor saxophone on The Final Cut Read more on Last.fm
Raphael Ravenscroft (born in Stoke-on-Trent on 4 June 1954; died 19 October 2014 in Exeter) was an English musician and author on saxophone playing. He was best known for his work with Gerry Rafferty, performing the saxophone solo on "Baker Street", and for his performances with Pink Floyd, performing tenor saxophone on The Final Cut. Born in Stoke-on-Trent, Ravenscroft was best known for his work with Gerry Rafferty, performing the saxophone solo on "Baker Street" and his performances with Pink Floyd — tenor saxophone on The Final Cut, Abba and Marvin Gaye. Other Ravenscroft performing credits include work with America, Maxine Nightingale, Daft Punk, Kim Carnes, Mike Oldfield, Chris Rea, Robert Plant, Brand X, Hazel O'Connor and Bonnie Tyler. In 1979, he released the solo album Her Father Didn't Like Me, Anyway (CBS Portrait JR 35683). It has been claimed that Ravenscroft was only paid £27 for the Baker Street session and that the cheque initially bounced – by contrast the song is said to have earned Rafferty £80,000 a year in royalties.

In a radio interview in 2011, Ravenscroft said the song annoyed him. "I'm irritated because it's out of tune," he said. "Yeah, it's flat. By enough of a degree that it irritates me at best." In 1983, Ravenscroft released the track "Maxine" which gained airplay, but performed poorly on the charts.

His track "A Whole Lot of Something Going On" was sampled by producer Heavy D on the track "Feel It In The Air", by Beanie Sigel. In 2010, Ravenscroft played on albums and on sessions with Duffy, Mary Hopkin and Ben's Brother Jamie Hartman. In 2011-12, Ravenscroft contributed to the album Propeller by Grice. In 2012, Ravenscroft created the music for a series of films featuring photographer Don McCullin and, during 2011-2012, composed for several major advertising campaigns around the world. In summer 2012 he took a break due to ill health and moved back to Devon. During his lifetime, Ravenscroft wrote several books on saxophone technique including the instruction book, The Complete Saxophone Player (1990) Read more on Last.fm.

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