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/