It's difficult to choose just one as there are a whole load of standard memorable ones.
McGoogan's Will You stands out as do Steve Gregory's Careless Whisper, Bobby Keys' Brown Sugar and a particular favourite of mine David Sanborn on Young Americans. I s'pose you could also add Charles Dechant with Maneater, Clarence Clemons on Jungleland and of course Ravenscroft's Baker Street.
For me though, the best purest solo has to be Sonny Rollins on Who By Fire - brilliant opening, again in the middle and then again at the end. True Rollins
Pete Christlieb on Steely Dans FM or Deacon Blue - if that counts as pop. Snake Davis on almost any M People track.
But to answer the question, I would go with Will You - however Baker Street will probably always be identified as THE iconic pop-sax solo. In fact I was listening to the radio on Friday and a woman phoned in with a request for it - at 51, she had just been out and bought her first sax, inspired by that record, and was setting out to learn it.
So if Raphael Ravenscroft can still inspire yer man or woman in the street to go out and start learning the instrument, fair play to him :welldone
"It's Raining Again" - Supertramp -, John Heliwell (tenor).
"Kokomo" - Beach Boys -, Joel C. Perskin (alto).
"I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do" - ABBA -, Ulf Andersson (tenor/alto).
"THE HISTORY OF TOP 40 SAXOPHONE SOLOS
1955-2005, By John Laughter & Steve D. Marshall, you read as follow: .... “I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do,” heavily influenced by American orchestra leader Billy Vaughn, who had hit it big in Europe in the 1950s with his versions of songs like “Sail Along Silv’ry Moon.” “The sound of saxophones playing in parts, with lots of echo on them, was typical for him, and ‘I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do’ was our attempt at a kind of Billy Vaughn pastiche,” says Andersson."
Ulf Andersson also played with the Swedish group - Hansson Wolf United -. Soprano and tenor.
Of the 2 given in the opening question then definitely 'Will You'.
I also agree that Snake Davis is a master of pop saxophone with M People and Ian Kirkham with Simply Red is an outstanding player. That's not to say that these two players are only good for 'pop' as they both proven masters of their instruments.
Pop is something which I listen to without hearing, if that makes sense? I usually just have it on in the car and sing along to Smooth fm - usually out of tune
A memorable, beautiful tune
Thanks for that.
Here's the same with Joe Cocker singing,.
Taken from utube
Slightly off topic as there is no sax, but enjoy.