Today’s MPC is a little different — it’s not about a song; it’s about a… well, I guess you’d call him a glorified session musician.
Bobby Keys, as Charlie Watts refers to him, was the greatest rock saxophone player ever. And his career was extraordinary. That’s not an exaggeration, either. Here’s a list of some of the musicians and groups he played with: The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Delaney & Bonnie, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Warren Zevon, Joe Cocker, Joe Ely, Sheryl Crow, John Lennon, Leon Russell, Plastic Ono Band, Harry Nilsson and Paul McCartney.
Anyway, I mention all of this because last night I watched a documentary about his career, Every Night’s A Saturday Night, that was fabulous.
It’s almost startling to hear how casual he is about his career path. It’s basically a Who’s Who of late sixties rock. And it’s more than a little sad to hear him speak about his drug abuse and what that cost him with the Stones.
It’s on Amazon Prime and it’s well worth your time, especially if, like me, you’re a firm believer that the Mick Taylor-era Rolling Stones were the best rock band evah. Highly recommended.