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Gerry Rafferty


Paisley, Glasgow, United Kingdom (1947 – 2011)

Gerald Rafferty (born April 16, 1947, in Paisley, UK and died 4 January 2011) was a Scottish singer and songwriter.

In his early years, Gerry Rafferty earned money by the formerly illegal practice of busking on the London Underground. Poetically, his biggest hit “Baker Street” was about busking at a tube station. After working with Billy Connolly (now better known as a comedian) in a band known as The Humblebums, he recorded a first solo album, Can I Have My Money Back. In 1972 Rafferty and his old school friend Joe Egan formed Stealers Wheel, a group beset by legal wranglings but which did have a huge hit with “Stuck in the Middle With You” (later immortalised in the infamous torture scene in the motion picture, Reservoir Dogs). They disbanded in 1975.

In 1978, Rafferty cut a solo album, City to City, which included the song with which he remains most associated, “Baker Street”. The single reached No. 3 in the UK and No. 2 in the U.S. The album sold well, whilst “Baker Street” remains a mainstay of radio airplay. A cover version by Undercover also made the Top 3 in the UK singles chart in 1992. (Furthermore, “Baker Street” was featured on the soundtrack to the motion picture “Good Will Hunting”.) Another song from the City to City album, “Right Down the Line”, also continues to receive copious radio airplay.

Rafferty was born on 16 April 1947 into a working-class family in Underwood Lane in Paisley, a son and grandson of coal miners. 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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