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Johnny Paris (Johnny and the Hurricanes). Tunes were "Red River Rock", an instrumental version of "Red River Valley", "Reveille Rock" and "Beatnik Fly".

For examples, start at
and go from there.
 

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Hey, just a note on the attachment. I've heard it reported that Lenny Pickett played on the Katy Perry song but Kenny G is in the video.

Anyone wish to clarify.
That's been discussed in another thread here. Apparently they used Kenny in the vid because he was a recognizable sax icon. It's a video. It's not meant to reflect reality.
 

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I assumed that. Just noted that on the attached list by Mr. Laughter there is no mention of LP on the track.
Got it.

According to this web site and his daughter, Lily Pickett, it is Lenny Pickett on the Katy Perry song. I will update the list. Thanks;

http://mikemcinally.mvourtown.com/2011/06/03/rejoice-sax-solos-return-to-pop-music/
That column is titled "Rejoice! Sax solos return to pop music." Then at the end he has a "starter list" of 7 great sax solos in rock 'n' roll, all of which he acknowledges are at least 30 years old.

John - send him your list. :D
 

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I was wondering if that was really KG playing on that song. I've never heard him play like that before, and it didnt sound like his style. I also watched the notes being played in the video, and it didnt match up! I know KG's persussionist. Next time I talk to him, I'll ask!

Thanks again for the links too!
 

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I was wondering if that was really KG playing on that song.
saxmanjr, weren't you asking about R&R sax players from the '50s?

I'd also suggest going even a bit farther back to the late '40s when 'jump' blues started to take hold. That's where most of the '50s rock & roll came from, especially the sax playing.
 
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