Robert Henry "Bobby" Keys
December 18, 1943-December 2, 2014
Bobby Keys, best remembered as the saxophonist for the Rolling Stones, passed away today after a battle with cirrhosis. Keys was 70 years old. Keys was born in Slaton, Texas and by the time was 15, he was playing for Bobby Vee and even Buddy Holly. Keys joined the Rolling Stones as a side member in 1969, making his first appearance on a Stones album on Let It Bleed (providing the sax solo on "Live With Me"). Keys was close to the members of the band, especially Keith Richards- who was born on the same exact day as Keys. Keys stopped plays for the Rolling Stones for a while but joined their touring group 1980. Although mostly known for his work with the Stones, Keys was able to play with different artists including George Harrison, John Lennon, B.B. King, Harry Nilsson, Joe Cocker and on several solo albums by Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood. Prior to his death, Keys was not touring with the Stones due to his illness.
It's very sad to hear of Bobby's passing. He was a wonderful sax player. He was there when I saw the Stones in 2002 during their Licks tour. He also seemed like a sweet guy and it's just a shame that he's gone.
Rest in peace, Bobby.