Steeped in classic soul and blues influences, The Rolling Stones have always sought out great horn players.
Perhaps the best - certainly the most instantly recognisable - was Bobby Keys. Sadly, news broke last night (December 2nd) that the American musician has passed away at the age of 70.
Performing with the likes of Buddy Holly while still in his teens, the tenor saxophonist refined a tone that was gutsy while retaining a love of sweet melody.
Entering the world of The Rolling Stones, Bobby Keys made notable contributions to classic albums such as 'Let It Bleed' and 'Exile On Main Street' while remaining an important part of the band's tour set up.
Paying their respects, The Rolling Stones issued the following statement: "The Rolling Stones are devastated by the loss of their very dear friend and legendary saxophone player, Bobby Keys. Bobby made a unique musical contribution to the band since the 1960s. 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."