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Longtime Stones Saxophonist Bobby Keys Passes

(CelebrityAccess) — Bobby Keys, the longtime saxophonist for the Rolling Stones, has died. He was 70 at the time of his passing.

Keys was best known for his Sax work with the Stones, playing on every album from 1969 until 1974 and from 1980 onwards, including the sax solo on the 1971 hit "Brown Sugar" and has been on every Stones tour since 1970s.

In addition to his work with the Stones, Keys appeared on albums by artists such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eric Clapton, The Who, Joe Cocker and Harry Nilsson among numerous others.

In October, it was announced that Karl Denson would be stepping in to replace Keys for the Stone's tour of Australia.

“The Rolling Stones are devastated by the loss of their very dear friend and legendary saxophone player, Bobby Keys,” the band said in a statement. “Bobby made a unique musical contribution to the band since the 1960’s. He will be greatly missed.”

Keith Richards added: “I have lost the largest pal in the world and I can’t express the sense of sadness I feel although Bobby would tell me to cheer up. My condolences to all that knew him and his love of music.” – Staff Writers