Two music legends have passed on recently, Small Faces/Faces' keyboardist Ian McLagan and super session saxophonist Bobby Keys. Texas-born and bred Keys is best known for his work with The Rolling Stones. (As well as his hard-charging camaraderie with Keith Richards.) His honkin' can be heard on such Stones jukebox anthems as "Brown Sugar," "Happy," and "Can't You Hear Me Knockin'" as well as John Lennon's hit single "Whatever Gets You Thru the Night". He also played with one of my favorite bands, Delaney & Bonnie as well as The Plastic Ono Band, Nilsson, Joe Cocker, George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and many more. Last year I caught him in action with Bob Weir.
Ian also played on many sessions and toured with The Stones, Dylan, Springsteen, Billy Bragg, Bonnie Raitt, and others. But some of his most beloved songs include "Ooh La La," "Stay With Me," "Itchycoo Park," "Lazy Sunday" and many, many more. Moreover, he had a vital solo career with his own bands. Check him out in action with The Bump Band on Letterman above. R.I.P., brothers. Keep the music rollin' on the other side. - Dusty Wright
Mr. Wright is a content creator and culture curator. He is a contributor to the Huffington Post, former DJ at David Lynch's Transcendental Music Radio, the former editor-in-chief of Creem and Prince's New Power Generation magazines as well as a writer of films, fiction, and television. He's also a singer/songwriter who has released five solo CDs and one with folk-rock quartet GIANTfingers. And before all of this he was a William Morris agent.