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It’s been a sad week, with the death of Lynda Bellingham on Monday and on Tuesday the news that the man who played one of the most famous saxophone solos ever had passed away.

Raphael Ravenscroft was a session player who received £27 for playing the sax on Gerry Rafferty’s 1978 hit Baker Street. Apparently the cheque bounced!

Rafferty would go on to earn £80,000 a year from that song.

Ravenscroft’s contribution can only be matched by Steve Lukather, a session guitarist who came up with the main guitar work on Michael Jackson’s Beat It.

Ironically Ravenscroft thought his playing on Baker Street was a bit flat, so hated hearing it played on the radio.