I remember one morning 1978?, maybe 0400, riding my bike down a deserted Main Street, delivering newspapers. My radio lashed to the ram-horn handle bars of my bannana-seat chrome Huffy. Baker Street came on w/ it’s haunting entry and became an instant all-time fave of mine. Always takes me back to that great time in my youth and will definitely get some extra play time today. Fair winds Gerry~The band in Rock and Roll heaven just got even better.
Yesterday, after a colorful career – and life – Scottish musician Gerry Rafferty died at the age of 63.The Paisley-born star was best known for his solo hit Baker Street and the 1972 song Stuck In The Middle With You. Rafferty started his career in a school band called The Mavericks, before working with comedian Billy Connolly and his folk band The Humblebums. The pair parted in 1970 and in 1971 Rafferty released a solo album. The following year, he and former schoolmate Joe Egan formed folk rock band Stealer’s Wheel. Their song Stuck In The Middle With You would become a huge hit a second time around when it featured in the now-infamous torture scene in Quentin Tarantino’s 1992 film Reservoir Dogs. It was in 1978 that he wrote Baker Street, the track that was recognized last October for having been played a staggering five million times worldwide. Royalties from Baker Street alone are believed to have brought in £80,000 a year. As a producer, he also later had a hand in The Proclaimers’ 1987 hit Letter From America.
In recent times, Rafferty’s lifestyle was the epitome of the quiet life. The intensely private star, who sold 10 million records in a 40-year career, said: ‘The important thing for any musician is to focus on becoming a better musician as opposed to a bigger celebrity.’ As well as the home in Florence, the millionaire had a cottage in Dorset – but regularly visited Scotland. Rafferty’s daughter Martha said last night he had passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family. The singer had been admitted to hospital in Bournemouth in November with liver failure. He is survived by his brother Jim, daughter Martha and granddaughter Celia. It is understood his funeral will be held in Paisley later this month. (Dailymail.UK)