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Gerry Rafferty

Rafferty was born on 16 April 1947 into a working-class family in Underwood Lane in Paisley, a son and grandson of coal miners.[2] He was a son of Mary Skeffington and Joseph Rafferty; and had two brothers, Jim and Joe (died 1995).

Rafferty grew up in a council house on the town's Foxbar estate and was educated at St Mirin's Academy. His Irish-born father, a violent alcoholic, was a miner and lorry driver who died in 1963 when Rafferty was 16. He learned both Irish and Scottish folk songs as a boy: "My father was Irish, so growing up in Paisley I was hearing all these songs when I was two or three. Songs like "She Moves Through the Fair", which my mother sings beautifully. And a whole suite of Irish traditional songs and Scots traditional songs". Heavily influenced by folk music and the music of the Beatles and Bob Dylan, the young Rafferty started to write his own material.

Gerry Rafferty (born Gerald Rafferty, 16 April 1947, in Paisley) is a Scottish singer and songwriter.
In his early years, Gerry Rafferty earned money busking on the London Underground.
In 1978, Gerry Rafferty cut a solo album, City to City, which included the song with which he remains most identified, "Baker Street".

 

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