Article: The Best Saxophone Solos in Pop History (When Saxophone Solos Mattered)*

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  1. scribbs

    scribbs Resident Mockery

    Men at Work - Who Can It Be Now? & Overkill
    RIP Greg Ham
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  2. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    To my mind, it starts with "The Pink Panther".
  3. The Panda

    The Panda Forum Mutant

    Marple, PA, USA
    The great Lenny Pickett totally nails the solo in Elton's The Bitch is Back
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  4. PaulKTF

    PaulKTF Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Quarterflash- Harden My Heart.

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  5. a customer

    a customer Forum Resident

    Listening to a homemade cd.
    24 hours at a time live Marshall Tucker
    California John mayall
  6. Folknik

    Folknik Forum Resident

    I'm especially fond of Bobby Keys' solo on Nilsson's "Take 54."
  7. pokemaniacjunk

    pokemaniacjunk Forum Resident

    south paris maine
    I like the sax solo on Queen's One Year of Love
  8. alchemy

    alchemy Forum Resident

    Sterling, VA
    I would say best but I like.

    The sax on Little Feat's Waiting For Columbus - Mercentary Territory where the sax sets up the Lowell George guitar solo.

    War - All Day Music

    Bruce Sprigsteen / Clarence - She's The One

    Weather Report

    The Crusaders.

    Sax on the original Henry Mancini Peter Gunn and The Blues Brothers Original Soundtrack Peter. Gunn.

    Garth Hudson - Last Waltz - It Makes No Difference

    Bowie sax on Walk On the Wild Side.

    Sax on Al Stewart - Year Of The Cat

    For starters
  9. TheVU

    TheVU Forum Resident

    King Curtis - You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling
  10. jwjeffrey

    jwjeffrey Hard working and Honest!

    The Sax with Little Feat is Lenny Pickett, the horn section is Tower of Power,the same on Elton John Caribou.And Jr Walker should be listed on his own as well.

    PHILLYQ Forum Resident

    Brooklyn NY
    Weather Report is Wayne Shorter, also has had an extensive solo career, as well as stints with Miles Davis & Art Blakey and numerous guest spots with others.
    Crusaders saxophone was by Wilton Felder, who also doubled on bass in the studio.
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  12. Khaki F

    Khaki F Forum Resident

    Kenosha, WI. USA
    Nice list, but it didn't go back far enough...

  13. Dr. Zoom

    Dr. Zoom Forum Resident

    Monmouth County NJ
    My fav Baritone Sax Solo: The Crystals Da Doo Ron Ron.

    My fav Tenor Sax Solo: Clarence Clemons Jungleland

    My fav Alto Sax Solo: Mel Collins w/Dire Straits, Theme from Local Hero

    My fav Soprano Sax Solo: Garth Hudson It Makes No Difference

    My fav Silly Sax Solo: The Benny Hill Show theme.
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2018
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  14. skiddlybop

    skiddlybop Forum Resident

    Brooklyn, NY, USA
    wasnt this sax break inspired by “Soul Makossa”?
  15. samthesham

    samthesham Forum Resident

    Moorhead MN
    I'm just going to name the absolute greatest sax in the history of RnR.

    That honor belongs to Boots Randolph on Reconsider Baby taken from Elvis Is Back.
    With Elvis egging him on nothing comes close.

    Basically any King Curtis @ #2

    #3 Bobby Keyes

    #4 Maceo

    #5 "Fathead" Newman
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  16. culabula

    culabula One-time Boulevardier.

    Belfast, Ireland
    That version of "Photograph" on the Concert for George.
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    Dave Clark Five - Can't You See That She's Mine

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    West Palm Bch, Fl.
    Phil Woods
    Steely Dan -Dr. Wu
    Billy Joel - Just The Way You Are

    Never heard of Woods before Dr. Wu, I currently own over 1 dz. Phil Woods records!
  19. samthesham

    samthesham Forum Resident

    Moorhead MN
  20. Carlox

    Carlox Forum Resident

    Porto, Portugal
    Barclay James Harvest: Play to the world.
    Camel: Fingertips.
    The Cure: A Night Like This
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  21. greelywinger

    greelywinger That T-Rex Guy

    Dayton, Ohio USA
    Maneater - Hall & Oates
    You Belong To The City - Glenn Frey
    Rio - Duran Duran
    Careless Whisper - Wham

  22. samthesham

    samthesham Forum Resident

    Moorhead MN
    To me sax in rocknroll really mattered between 1947 when Roy Brown released Rockin At Midnite & ended in 1960 when Boots Randolph performed rocknrolls greatest sax solo on Reconsider Baby on Elvis Is Back album...

    The best sax is found on pieces of thick wax known as 78 RPMs & its brothers the 7" in. 45 RPM single...

    Obviously there are exceptions to post 1960 , King Curtis ,Motown& various Bobby Keyes work with the Stones are fine examples..

    With that said I dig all kinds of music but rocknroll is my forte up till about 1980 after Pere Ubu appeared (a group I love till this day)because I basically had quit buying new music because my eras are the first 3 decades anyway...

    I revisited my collection of 78s 45s etc and picked out 63 that really stand out...

    I have chose 26 to post tonight it is my wish that someone will discover new music & become hooked like I did 60+ years ago....

    My fav artist is the Grateful Dead but the #2 spot goes to Ike Turner , a towering inescapable figure in the history of rocknroll...

    Ike Turner is just as important as Fats , Chuck ,Little Richard & Elvis but regrettably not as popular that is why I begin with lots of Ikes early sides....

    Oh by the way all that killer tremolo bar guitar pyrotechnics & stomping piano on 1-10 is Ike "By God " Turner...

    1.Willie King w/ Ike Turner featuring Billy Gayles - Peg Leg Woman
    2.Billy Gayles w/Ike Turner Kings of Rhythm - Take Your Fine Frame Home
    3.Jackie Brenston w/Ike Turner Kings of Rhythm -What Can It Be
    4.Billy Gayles w/Ike Turner Kings of Rhythm - Just One More Time
    5.Ike Turner and His Orchestra - Trail Blazer
    6.Bonnie and Ike Turner - Looking For My Baby
    7.The Rockers - Why Don't You Believe
    8.The Rockers - Down In The Bottom
    9.The Gardenias -My Baby's Tops
    10.The Starrs - Crying Over You
    11.The Five Keys - When Pa Was Courtin Ma
    12.Roy Brown - Rockin At Midnite
    13.The Clovers - I Confess
    14.The Coasters - That Is RocknRoll
    15.The Coasters - Along Came Jones
    16.The Drifters - Money Honey
    17.The Robins - Riot In Cell Block #9
    18.Richard Berry- Be My Girl
    19.Richard Berry - Mess Around
    20.Ray Charles - I Got A Woman
    21.Ray Charles - Hallelujah (I Love Her So)
    23.The 5 Royales - The Real Thing
    24.The 5 Royales - Messin Up
    25.The 5 Royales - Don't Be Ashamed
    26.The 5 Royales - Tell The Truth

    I could go on for hours but this is fine start for anyone on the hunt...

    There is virtually 100s of great sax & horn performances on 1950s rocknroll because until Eric Clapton appeared in the early 1960s sax was the prominent solo instrument in rocknroll & r&b with obvious exceptions ie...Ike Turner, Chuck Berry , James Burton , Scotty Moore & Rockabilly cats & Lowman Pauling..

    Some of the artists are known but sadly some of these fine musicians are unknown...

    Every one of these tracks are stellar performances that will surely reach out and grab your very soul & put a smile on the listeners face...

    50% of these songs were recorded when ELVIS was still gazing in the window of Sun and dreaming...

    Thanks for reading
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2018
  23. Lk4605

    Lk4605 Forum Resident

    ... See Fats Domino records.....!!! M
  24. samthesham

    samthesham Forum Resident

    Moorhead MN
    Any music with Apollo Records studio band in the early 50s...

    Charlie "Little Jazz " Ferguson & His Orchestra....

    Charlie & Orchestra can be found backing the 5 Royales on their early 50s Apollo sides...

    Charlie himself is the cat blowing his lungs out on those recordings...

    Blow man blow !
  25. chacha

    chacha Forum Resident

    mill valley CA USA
    Mash Potato Time by Dee Dee Sharp.
    Sax kills me

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