Baker Street” is a song written and recorded by Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty. It was released as a single in 1978.

The song features a prominent eight-bar alto saxophone riff played as a break between verses. A riff is a short, repeated melodic pattern, often forming the background to a solo or vocal line. 

The Mystery Behind Gerry Rafferty's 'Baker Street' - The Atlantic
Raphael Ravenscroft ( 1954 – 2014) was a British musician, composer and author. He is best known for playing the saxophone on “Baker Street”.

The sax riff led to what became known as “the ‘Baker Street’ phenomenon”, a resurgence in the sales of saxophones and their use in mainstream pop music and television advertising.

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