Gerry Rafferty ~ RIP 1947-2011

Gerry Rafferty

Gerry Rafferty

The death of scottish born singer and songwriter, Gerry Rafferty, on Tuesday 4th January 2011, passing peacefully at home with his daughter by his side, was the first big name in the music business to pass away in this new year. Gerry had been reported as being well, in 2009 after recovering from alcoholism, and working on new material.

Rising to fame with hits such as ‘Baker Street’ and ‘Stuck In The Middle With You’, recorded with his group Stealers Wheel, who would be credited as an inspiration to a generation of 70s songwriters, Gerry was a truly great songwriter with a fantastic rock ‘n’ roll story from London Underground busker to rock superstar.

Have a listen to ‘Baker Street’ with the classic Saxophone melody, soft vocals and an awesome guitar solo!

Music journalist and BBC Radio 2 presenter Paul Gambaccini said “it was a cruel irony that Baker Street, about Rafferty’s unhappiness with being a star, brought him more of the fame he hated.” The song was his biggest hit in both the UK (3) and US (2) in 1978, and rumoured to be earning him £80,000 a year from royalties alone. Not bad, eh!

Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty

Gerry’s sad passing will surely see a grateful rise in album sales, Google searches and YouTube hits, culminating in his work reaching out to even more people to enjoy. RIP Gerry \m/

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About Richard Perkins

Richard Perkins is the founder of Bath Guitar School and has worked for the International Guitar Foundation, Brit Awards, Rockschool, B&NES Council, Mid Somerset Festival, Bath Music Plus, and appeared on BBC and ITV television and radio programming as well as being featured in Guitar Techniques, Total Guitar, Venue, Bath Life magazines and the Bath Chronicle newspaper. Richard is a graduate of the Commercial Music degree programme at Bath Spa University and has a HND in Popular Music from Oxford College.
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2 Responses to Gerry Rafferty ~ RIP 1947-2011

  1. Vinny says:

    A Tribute to Gerry and friends :

    Lost Another One
    Written by Graham Nash
    from the album Songs For Survivors

    Just another morning cup of tea
    I turn my radio on
    and in between the static and the headlines
    I heard that you were gone, we lost another one

    There was a time we thought we were invincible,
    That we’d go on and on and on and
    all along wed thought we’d do another show
    and write another song, but I guess we’ve lost another one

    Let it slip away, breaking all the silver threads that hold you to your dreams
    one day they’ll fall and you’ll fly away.

    After all the trouble and heartache we all go out alone
    Nobody else can live your life for you, you’re in it on your own.
    and we just lost another one.

    We let it slip away, yes we did
    Breaking all the silver threads that hold you to your dreams
    one day they’ll fall and you’ll fly away.

    I’ve lost a lot of friends on this highway, so long everyone.
    I watched them all sail to the distance
    Like a setting sun, they’d only just begun
    and we just lost another one
    We lost another one, we lost another one.

  2. steve ashcraft says:

    I can”t help but cry, i just learned of his passing. Thanks for the great music you played,nobody makes music like that anymore. i am sure God will enjoy your company.Yes we lost another one. Rest in peace Geery, thanks for the music.

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