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Al Bundy
01-04-2011, 10:02 PM
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/jan/04/gerry-rafferty-dies-aged-63
The singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty, whose songs such as Stuck in the Middle with You, Baker Street and Get it Right Next Time soundtracked the 1970s, has died aged 63 after a long illness.

His family said he died at home peacefully with his daughter Martha this morning.

The Scot was born in Paisley, near Glasgow, played with Billy Connolly's folk outfit the Humblebums, and co-founded the soft-rock group Stealer's Wheel, before enjoying a successful solo career. Baker Street, released in 1978, was still netting him 80,000 a year more than 30 years later.

Rafferty endured battles with the music industry once taking three years to disentangle contracts and a problem with alcohol. When he was a child his mother would drag him round the streets of Glasgow, rather than risk his suffering violence at the hands of his Irish-born father, who would often come home drunk.

Although sure of his own abilities, Rafferty was fearful of working with stars such as Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney. On occasion his drinking would lead him to smashing cases of expensive wine.

He divorced from his wife Carla who he met at a dancehall when she was 15 and married five years later in 1990. She said: "There was no hope. I would never have left him if there'd been a glimmer of a chance of him recovering."

Rafferty, having once owned a Kent farm and a home in Hampstead, moved to California to be near Martha, before moving to Ireland in 2008 and later Dorset.

In recent years, he was better known for alcohol-fuelled incidents, apparent disappearances and poor health than for his music. His last album, Another World, was released in 2000.

Bugeater
01-04-2011, 10:04 PM
Bummer. I'd probably put Baker Street in my Top 10 GOAT songs.

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Pioli Zombie
01-04-2011, 10:06 PM
This is like when my dog died

WebGem
01-04-2011, 10:15 PM
Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right!

Chiefshrink
01-04-2011, 10:16 PM
Resevoir Dogs really ruined "Stuck in the middle" now when I hear it. Nothing like a psychopath slicing up a good song.

Chiefshrink
01-04-2011, 10:16 PM
Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight down the line.

wazu
01-05-2011, 12:04 AM
Bummer. I'd probably put Baker Street in my Top 10 GOAT songs.

Wow. I like "Right Down The Line" better.

BCD
01-05-2011, 04:08 AM
Bummer. I'd probably put Baker Street in my Top 10 GOAT songs.

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memyselfI
01-05-2011, 06:34 AM
Rip. Great musician.

Nzoner
01-05-2011, 08:23 AM
Some great songs both solo and Stealer's Wheel,however,if I had to pick only one I'm going with The Ark from his solo project City To City.A little mellow for some tastes but good lyrics and harmony.

RIP

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Hydrae
01-05-2011, 08:29 AM
One of my favorites, for sure. RIP

Brock
01-05-2011, 08:39 AM
Baker Street is freaking awesome.

Deberg_1990
01-05-2011, 08:39 AM
That Baker St. song is constantly in competition with chuck mangiones "feels so good" for top elevator/Musak song of all time!

Frazod
01-05-2011, 08:40 AM
Wow. I like "Right Down The Line" better.

This.

RIP

stevieray
01-05-2011, 08:41 AM
great songwriter. if you haven't ever sung along with his songs, I feel for ya.

RIP

mikey23545
01-05-2011, 09:00 AM
"Baker Street" is one of those songs that invokes feelings with both their lyrics and their music...The Sax riff in this song is simply ethereal...

Frosty
01-05-2011, 09:06 AM
I loved "Baker Street" when I was in junior HS since I was learning how to play the sax at the time. I never could get that sound. :(

KC Dan
01-05-2011, 09:09 AM
RIP, I always loved Mr. Rafferty's music. I still listen to a couple of his albums while flying. Baker Street and Right Down the Line were great tunes but for my money, "Whatever's Written In Your Heart" and "Home and Dry" were two of his best unknown songs.

Monty
01-05-2011, 09:33 AM
great songwriter. if you haven't ever sung along with his songs, I feel for ya.

RIP

This. Baker Street has a special meaning to me.