"Baker Street" (1978), by Gerry Rafferty, is his first released song after the lawsuits about the formal separation of the band Stealers Wheel in 1975. Perhaps these days the “Sexy Sax Man” has given Baker Street a run for it’s money, but if you are over 30 then chances are the opening sax line from Gerry Rafferty’s “Baker Street” is one of the first pop sax lines that comes to mind. The song was an international hit, charting at number 3 in the UK and number 2 in the US. Ravenscroft remembered things differently, saying that he was presented with a song that contained "several gaps". Intro: D D C A G a Winding your way down on Baker Street A Lite in your head, and dead on your feet Em G Well another crazy day, you drink the night away D And forget about everything A This city's desert makes you feel so cold, it's got A So many people but it's got no soul Em G And it's taken you so long to find out you were wrong D When you thought it held everything. Earlier demo recordings for "Baker Street" have the same refrain, played by Rafferty on guitar, which were recorded before Ravenscroft became involved in the sessions for the song, also indicating that Ravenscroft could not have written the melody. Its most popular comment is this: “ This song makes me think of the Summer of 1978. This one sax piece made a huge effect on me. A straight up guy you'd never associate with the sleazy fantastic Download the Saxophone Sheet Music of Baker Street (Beginner Level, Alto Sax) by Gerry Rafferty. By Associated Press Musician Raphael Ravenscroft, who played one of the most famous saxophone solos in pop music on Gerry Rafferty’s “Baker Street,” has … Bob Holness was the presenter of the popular UK TV programme "Blockbusters". Thank you, Mr. Ravenscroft. Raphael Ravenscroft, who … In addition to a searing guitar solo, played by Hugh Burns, the song featured a prominent eight-bar saxophone riff played as a break between verses, by Raphael Ravenscroft. orchestre "Baker Street" reached No. All contents are subject to copyright, provided for educational and personal noncommercial use only. [17], From his breakthrough with "Baker Street" he went on to perform with Pink Floyd (The Final Cut, 1983), ABBA[3] and Marvin Gaye. Téléchargez la partition Saxophone Baker Street (niveau intermédiaire, sax alto) de Gerry Rafferty. "In fact, most of what I played was an old blues riff," stated Ravenscroft. In 1987, he was credited, along with Max Early and Johnny Patrick for the new theme to the Central Television soap opera Crossroads. If you don't know this tune by name you will definately recognise the sax part. "Baker Street" is a song written and recorded by Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty. To support truly independent journalism, please consider making a contribution or taking a subscription. [9], The saxophone break on "Baker Street" has been described as "the most famous saxophone solo of all time",[10] "the most recognizable sax riff in pop music history",[11] and "one of the most recognisable saxophone solos of all time". [15], In 2011, he recorded a tribute to commemorate the funeral of Gerry Rafferty called "Forgiveness", which combined his saxophone playing with the voices of Grammy-nominated choir Tenebrae. [17], Ravenscroft, a session musician, was in the studio to record a brief soprano saxophone part and suggested that he record the break using the alto saxophone he had in his car. The song has been used in a number of films, including: The song is part of an audio drop whenever the character of, The song introduces the credits at the end of, The song features prominently on the soundtrack of the 1978 German sex comedy, This page was last edited on 10 January 2021, at 23:03. It spent four weeks at No. In wide circles it is commonly believed that sax player Al Newman actually played the solo during a routine recording session but that Ravenscroft later took credit for the recording. Chris Hi Chris I was I. Yours with respect, always Raphael Ravenscroft So, Raphael is the story true? In January 1978, Scottish singer-musician Gerry Rafferty released his first solo material since 1972 and first material of any kind since the demise of Stealers Wheel in 1975. Rafferty supposedly was barred from the recording studio for 3 years after the band's breakup, while disputes about the band's remaining contractual recording obligations were being resolved. So I used the alto sax because that’s the range that it’s in and sounds best. And for good reason – it’s so cool. This is the Mass Memory Discrepancy Effect working in reverse - a popular urban myth which everyone knows about but still perpetuates. Wardlow then called the magazine to leave the song at the top, and Kasem was told to rerecord his countdown.[28]. A similar sax line was originally played in a Larry Coryell composition on Steve Marcus' Tomorrow Never Knows album, which was released 10 years before "Baker Street". ", "Hugh Burns interview, January 2002, "An affair of the craft", for Guitarist magazine at", "The 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time", "Baker Street blues no more... singer Gerry Rafferty passes away", "Grand Theft Auto V: The official, final tracklist has been revealed", "What is the name of the song peter griffin and lois have phone sax too? "[13] Ravenscroft mostly refused to play "Baker Street" during interviews. [76], The song appears on the album Uncovered by Shawn Colvin and features backing vocals by David Crosby. "Yeah, it's flat. He added that he had not been able to re-record the take, as he was not involved when the song was mixed. As a then-unheralded session musician, Ravenscroft was asked to play the saxophone on the album City to City (1978). This iconic tune has an awesome opening saxophone riff recorded by Rafael Ravenscroft. Raphael Ravenscroft, the musician who played the … Raphael Ravenscroft has played for artists ranging from Marvin Gaye to Pink Floyd. "[52], A music video was made to accompany the song. I have wondered if a famous saxophonist like Andy Mackay from Roxy Music or Clarence Clemons who played with Bruce Springsteen played on this. (10.000) TEN MILLION VIEWS EXPRESSIVE MARK OF FAN MADE EDITION.DEZ MILHÕES DE VISUALIZAÇÕES, EXPRESSIVA MARCA DE UMA EDIÇÃO FEITA POR UM FÃ. "I'm irritated because it's out of tune", he said. The typical saxophone hook is on acid as well. [21] Ravenscroft died on 19 October 2014 at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, aged 60, of a suspected heart attack. This new key of C will get you there now on the tenor. Possibly the same person played on Kokomo, The Beach Boys comeback hit in the 80's. Baker Street Solo tab by Gerry Rafferty. In January 1978, Scottish singer-musician Gerry Rafferty released his first solo material since 1972 and first material of any kind since the demise of Stealers Wheel in 1975. 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. [50] Music & Media wrote that "Gerry Rafferty's rainy days anthem is now transferred from the comfortable living room to the heat of clubland. It’s a very deliberate line, not an improvised solo by any means. [6] Later, the claim was widely repeated.[19][20]. Im a beginner so dont really have much of a clue yet on the above ratings. "Baker Street" is a song by Gerry Rafferty written in 1978 during his break from the band Stealers Wheel. His daughter is the artist Scarlett Raven. Gary Burton, a musician friend of Marcus, said Ravenscroft must have heard the "Half a Heart" riff before replicating it on "Baker Street". [11] The part led to what became known as "the 'Baker Street' phenomenon", a resurgence in the sales of saxophones and their use in mainstream pop music and television advertising. By enough of a degree that it irritates me at best. [15] However, the bouncing cheque story was denied by Ravenscroft during an interview on BBC Radio 2's Simon Mayo Drivetime show on 9 February 2012. We have an official Baker Street tab made by UG professional guitarists. Rafferty received the 1978 Ivor Novello Award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically. Saxophone Setup Used: Trevor James “Raw” Alto Saxophone with a Cluade Lakey 7* metal mouthpiece with a Vandoren Java #3 cane reed. He was 60. [7] It was awarded Gold Certification on two occasions, on 1 April 1978 and 22 July 2013 by the BPI in the UK. Baker Street Saxophone Music Sheets and Backing Track. Back in 1968, 10 years before “Baker Street” was recorded, Steve Marcus, a tenor sax player who toured with the jazz great Buddy Rich, released Tomorrow Never … The sax solo in "Baker Street" was responsible for me spending 10 years of my life thinking that sax was shit and sax solos were double shit. The video for “Baker Street” has been viewed over 5 million times. [8], Named after Baker Street in London, the song was included on Rafferty's second solo album, City to City (1978), which was his first release after the resolution of legal problems surrounding the break-up of his old band, Stealers Wheel, in 1975. "Baker Street" is a song written and recorded by Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty. [6], In October 2010, the song was recognised by BMI for surpassing five million performances worldwide. As of November 2020, the video has got more than 3 million views. 1 in Cash Box and No. Everybody’s knows this which means it’s a great song to play for your friends and family. Partition pour Saxophone avec accomp. While his place of birth is disputed,[1][2][3] the England and Wales Birth Index places it at Stoke-on-Trent. 1 in Australia[3] and South Africa, hit No. This version reached No. [3], "Raphael Ravenscroft, Baker Street saxophonist, dies aged 60", "GRO: SEP 1954 9b 746 STOKE, Raphael G. Ravenscroft, mmn = Johnson - click 'Find' to search", "Raphael Ravenscroft BBC THE Ofty SHOW 2010", "I was paid £27 for Baker Street sax solo", "Baker Street saxophone player Raphael Ravenscroft dies", "Top musician organises fundraising concert for funeral of Exeter's tragic Nicole", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Raphael_Ravenscroft&oldid=999422396, Articles with dead external links from May 2020, Articles with unsourced statements from October 2014, Wikipedia articles with BIBSYS identifiers, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 10 January 2021, at 02:26. Roy Anderson The musician behind one of the most recognisable saxophone solos - on Gerry Rafferty's hit Baker Street - has died. Just graduated high school and was getting ready to head off to college. Legend tells us that the solo on Baker Street apparently happened by accident. This iconic tune h "Baker Street" was reported in 2010 as having received 5 million air plays worldwide to date. The man who played the saxophone in 'Baker Street', by Gerry Rafferty, was Raphael Ravenscroft. [citation needed], According to one story, Ravenscroft received no payment for a song that earned Rafferty an income of £80,000 per annum; a cheque for £27 given to Ravenscroft bounced and was framed and hung on his solicitor's wall. Téléchargez la partition Saxophone Baker Street (niveau débutant, sax alto) de Gerry Rafferty. [14], Ravenscroft worked with Rafferty from 1977 to 1982. The song's theme was featured in the Season 2 Episode 1 "A Reunion" in Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 as James and June are walking down the street while thinking about the reunion. "[15] However, the 2011 reissue of City to City included the demo of Baker Street which included the saxophone part played on electric guitar by Rafferty. Author Doppleganger [a] 66. 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I knew a guy who lived in a little flat off Baker Street. ... Spencer Davis and The Blues Brothers, he is not the sax player on Gerry Rafferty's Baker Street. [14], In January 2011, radio presenter Simon Lederman revealed that Ravenscroft thought the solo was out of tune. The lyrics don't make much sense, but maybe that is only because you can barely hear them anyway. 1 in Cash Box and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100,[1] where it held its Billboard position for six weeks, behind Andy Gibb's "Shadow Dancing". Ravenscroft replied, "I'm irritated because it's out of tune; yeah it's flat; by enough of a degree that it irritates me at best", and admitted he was "gutted" when he heard it played back. A common music industry rumor claims that "Baker Street" did manage to overtake "Shadow Dancing" in one of its six weeks at the summit, with Casey Kasem recording his American Top 40 countdown placing it at the top. If you are still unsure with some definitions, don’t hesitate to search them here with our crossword puzzle solver. Musician Raphael Ravenscroft, who played one of the most famous saxophone solos of all time on Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street," has died. Transformed from a hoary old late '70s epic into a PWL rave anthem for the '90s, Baker Street has tootling sax, great vocals and is probably the most unusual record turned into a rave tune ever. [7] It has been (falsely)[8] reported that the cheque bounced and that it was kept on the wall of Ravenscroft's solicitors; in contrast, the song is said to have earned Rafferty £80,000 a year in royalties. It’s not a solo, it’s a sax line written specifically for that part. "If you're asking me: 'Did Gerry hand me a piece of music to play?' As well as the songs he worked on for City to City he contributed to Rafferty's next two albums, Night Owl (1979) on which he played the lyricon on the title track of the album, and follow-up album Snakes and Ladders (1980). Released as a single in 1978, it reached No. In 1983, Ravenscroft released the track "Maxine" which gained airplay, but performed poorly on the charts. ", The resolution of Rafferty's legal and financial frustrations accounted for the exhilaration of the song's last verse: "When you wake up it's a new morning/The sun is shining, it's a new morning/You're going, you're going home. 8 /Filter /FlateDecode >> Everybody’s knows this which means it’s a great song to play for your friends and family. Ravenscroft told the BBC's The One Show in 2010 that he was only paid £27.50 for the "Baker Street" session, which was the Musicians' Union rate at the time. He is best known for playing the saxophone on Gerry Rafferty's song "Baker Street". British dance group Undercover covered the song on their 1992 album, Check Out the Groove. [6][14], Rafferty claimed that he wrote the hook with the original intention that it be sung. Sheet Music for Saxophone with orchestral accomp. [53], ^shipments figures based on certification alone, The US rock band Foo Fighters covered the song on their 1998 My Hero UK CD single release, on the Australian tour pack (Grey cover) release, on the Limited edition European bonus EP and as one of several bonus tracks added to the remastered tenth anniversary release of their second studio album, The Colour and the Shape, reissued in 2007. Amongst my community of thousands of learners, one of the most popular solos to learn is without doubt Gerry Rafferty’s Baker street. [75] The cover does not include the saxophone riff the original is known for, instead being played with electric guitars. If you don't know this tune by name you will definately recognise the sax part. City to City reached number 1 in the US album charts and went platinum. He was 60. Raphael Ravenscroft, 60, who … Download the Saxophone Sheet Music of Baker Street (Intermediate Level, Alto Sax) by Gerry Rafferty. I have wondered if a famous saxophonist like Andy Mackay from Roxy Music or Clarence Clemons who played with Bruce Springsteen played on this. [6] As one of the spoof facts invented for the regular "Would You Believe It?" Raphael Ravenscroft, who has died aged 60, received only £27 for his great saxophone solo on Gerry Rafferty's song Baker Street – and the cheque bounced By Martin Chilton 21 October 2014 • … There is a solo in this song but it’s a guitar solo. Baker Street Sax played on the Jamboxx, an electronic breath-controlled instrument. As a then-unheralded session musician, Ravenscroft was asked to play the saxophone on the album City to City (1978). The album City to City (1978), including "Baker Street", was co-produced by Rafferty and Hugh Murphy. It was an alto sax that was used on the original recording. When asked during a live radio interview on BBC Radio London, "What do you think when you hear [the sax solo] now?" Rafferty was reading the book, which explores ideas of alienation and of creativity, borne out of a longing to be connected, at this time of travelling between the two cities. 1 in Canada,[2] No. Possible Answers: SAX. I must of listened to it about a thousand times and I would bring my sax home from school just about everyday and try to learn it. Does anyone know who played saxophone on Gerry Rafferty's tune Baker Street? A very similar sax line, however, was originally played by saxophonist Steve Marcus for a song called "Half a Heart", credited to vibraphonist Gary Burton,[16] that appeared on Marcus' 1968 album Tomorrow Never Knows. "[10] Privately, Rafferty also spent a lot of time drinking, which he noted he mentions in the lyrics, "Light in your head and dead on your feet / Well, another crazy day / You'll drink the night away / And forget about everything. [77], Morse/Portnoy/George released this as the lead off single from their 2020 covers album Cov3r to Cov3r on 23 May 2020. Some people call the sax line in Baker Street a sax … I have transcribed the notes of that solo so you can play it on your sax. His contribution included the sax riff on the best-known song from the album and of Rafferty's career, "Baker Street". Selmer “Mark VI” Tenor Saxophone with a Guardala MBI metal gold plated mouthpiece and a Vandoren Java #3 cane reed. Raphael Ravenscroft has played for artists ranging from Marvin Gaye to Pink Floyd. [78], Country singer Waylon Jennings also covered this song on his 1987 LP "Hangin'Tough", Learn how and when to remove this template message, "Billboard > Artists / Gerry Rafferty > Chart History > The Hot 100", "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada", "British certifications – Gerry Rafferty", "Gerry Rafferty and his songs of alienation", "BBC Radio 4 - Soul Music, Series 13, Baker Street", "Tomorrow Never Knows - Steve Marcus | Songs, Reviews, Credits", "Why do we think Bob Holness was the Baker Street saxophonist? [3] Other Ravenscroft performing credits include work with America, Maxine Nightingale,[3] Daft Punk,[3] Kim Carnes, The Only Ones, Mike Oldfield, Chris Rea, Robert Plant, Brand X, Hazel O'Connor[18] and Bonnie Tyler. Take a look. 3 in the United Kingdom,[4] and the top 10 in the Netherlands.
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