Rock Sax Great Bobby Keys Passes
December 2, 2014 at 10:22 AM (PT)
Longtime rock sax player BOBBY KEYS, whose work permeated ROLLING STONES classics such as "Brown Sugar," "Sweet Virginia" "Happy" and "Rip This Joint," has died at his home in FRANKLIN, TN. Although the actual cause of death has not been announced, KEYS had been dealing with cirrhosis. Born the same day as guitarist KEITH RICHARDS, KEYS was 70.
A TEXAS native, KEYS has been in the business since he was 15, playing with everyone from JOHN LENNON, GEORGE HARRISON and BUDDY HOLLY to B.B. KING, ERIC CLAPTON, BARBRA STREISAND, JOE COCKER, LYNYRD SKYNYRD and many others. The NASHVILLE SCENE also had his own group, BOBBY KEYS AND THE SUFFERING BASTARDS, based in TENNESSEE.
His FACEBOOK page posted: "Early this morning our beloved husband, father, family member, and friend passed away peacefully at home in FRANKLIN,TN. BOBBY was surrounded by his family and loved ones. He will be greatly missed as he touched so many lives and made a lasting contribution to the American music scene. BOBBY's horn may be silenced here on Earth, but the music he graciously shared will eternally live on. In lieu or flowers and gifts, the family asks that contributions be made to ST JUDE'S CHILDREN RESEARCH HOSPITAL and THE HUMANE SOCIETY in his honor."