Six O’Clock Triple Shot – 12/2/14 R.I.P. Bobby Keys
(The Six O'Clock Triple Shot is a daily feature of three songs that share a common theme, heard weeknights on 94.9 WMMQ)
Sad news broke in the world of Rock 'n' Roll today. After a short battle with cirrhosis, legendary saxophonist Bobby Keys has passed away. Keys is best recognized as the sax player for The Rolling Stones, but has played with a bevy of legends, due to his highly regarded work through history. Keys has played and recorded with the likes of Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, and Lynyrd Skynyrd among others. He even fronted his own Nashville based act called Bobby Keys and the Suffering Bastards. Keys' call to fame, however, came with the Stones. The band first met him in 1964, though it wasn't until 1969 that he would perform with them. He and Keith Richards formed an instant bond as Keys appeared on all of the band's LP's from 1969's Let It Bleed to 1974's It's Only Rock and Roll. Keys rejoined the Stones in 1980 for Emotional Rescue and stayed on until his passing.
We celebrate the life of the late, great Bobby Keys tonight with three from the Rolling Stones that prominently feature his handy work. Likely, there was no LP released by the band that featured more of his sax than Exile On Main St. We will do two from that LP, kicking it off with "Rip This Joint" and "Sweet Virginia". The Sticky Fingers classic "Can't You Hear Me Knockin'" wraps up tonight's Six O'Clock Triple Shot, only on 94.9 WMMQ.