Rolling Stones Saxophonist Bobby Keys Passes at 70


Story by Anne Erickson

Famed Rolling Stones saxophone player Bobby Keys has passed away

Veteran saxophone player Bobby Keys, known by many as the saxophonist for the Rolling Stones, passed away Tuesday (Dec. 2) at his home in Franklin, Tenn., according to the Nashville Scene. He was 70 years old.

According to the report, band mate Michael Webb confirmed Keys’ passing, stating Keys has been suffering from cirrhosis of the liver.

Keys first played on the Stones’ music on the 1969 album “Let It Bleed” and continued through 1973’s “Goat’s Head Soup” and also appears on 1980’s “Emotional Rescue.” Keys also toured with the Rolling Stones over the past 45 years but didn’t appear on the band’s latest Australia and New Zealand tours because of his health issues.

Keys started off his career as a teenager, sharing the stage with Bobby Vee and Buddy Holly’s backing band the Crickets. He was also a high-profile session player and played on recordings by Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Joe Cocker, Barbra Streisand, Carly Simon and more.