I happened across a video of the closing number from Dire Straits' "Alchemy" live album this week. It's from the movie "Local Hero", for which Mark Knopfler wrote the music. The saxophone line gave me a nostalgic impulse to look up some other rock/pop numbers that used the same instrument, and that brings us to this morning's lineup.
Here's Glenn Frey's "You Belong To The City".
Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street" is one of the best-known saxophone tracks in rock and pop music. Here's the extended version.
Sade's "Smooth Operator" made good use of the saxophone as a melodic backing line to the vocalist.
Who could forget The Champs with "Tequila"?
And finally, here's the track that started my mind in that direction: a live performance by Dire Straits of "Going Home" from the movie "Local Hero". It's from their live album "Alchemy".
Lots of memories in those tracks . . . I'm sure you can nominate your own saxophone rock and pop favorites. Tell us about them in Comments.