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Today’s Music News: Baker Street saxman Raphael Ravenscroft dies at 60

Raphael Ravenscroft, the saxophone player responsible for one of the most iconic sax lines in pop music history, has died of a heart attack at age 60. Though he worked with artists including Pink FloydDaft Punk, and Robert Plant, it was the 1978 solo hit “Bakers Street” by Stealers Wheel‘s Gerry Rafferty that made Ravenscroft a saxophone legend. (Billboard)

Prince and Bob Dylan are among the stars who seem to sing Roy Kafri‘s “Mayokero” in a stunning new video directed by Vania Heymann—who was also responsible for Dylan’s innovative “Like a Rolling Stone” video released last year. (Rolling Stone)

Mac Miller is an indie rapper no more: he’s signed with Warner Bros. Why? “They have Prince.” (Billboard)

Orbital are calling it quits after 25 years, though this is already the second breakup for the popular electronica duo: they first broke up ten years ago, then mounted a successful reunion starting in 2009. (Rolling Stone)

“This is going to be tough,” says El-P as he auditions cats for Meow the Jewels, a Kickstarter-funded feline remix of Run the Jewels‘ forthcoming album RTJ2. (Pitchfork)

Jamie Oliver has beaten “Weird Al” Yankovic to a “Bake It Off” parody of Taylor Swift‘s hit single “Shake It Off,” and “the Naked Chef” even got Swift to dance with him. It’s all for a good cause—cancer research—but let’s not lie, Weird Al would have made this a lot funnier. (Billboard)

The world has a new singing nun: Sister Cristina Scuccia won the Italian version of The Voice earlier this year. Her first single? A cover of Madonna‘s “Like a Virgin,” which the nun says is “a song about the power of love.” Scuccia’s debut album will be released on Nov. 11. (NBC)

When you’re born with a name as awesome as Neil Diamond, you don’t change it. That’s what the singer-songwriter ultimately decided, but he’s just revealed to Jimmy Fallon that early in his career, Diamond considered taking a stage name. One of the possibilities: Ice Charry. (Billboard)

Listen to the Morning Show’s music news roundup on the Current every weekday at 9:00 a.m. to hear Jill Riley and Steve Seel discuss the latest music news.