Gerry Rafferty: Stuck In The Middle Between Life And Death – b. 4/16/1947 – d. 1/4/2011

Posted: January 5, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Gerry Rafferty

Gerry Rafferty died yesterday at the ripe age of 63.  He died of liver failure.  He had a history alcohol addictionwhich got really bad in the last 2 years.  Gerry was one of the most underrated talented songwriters of the 20th century.  He has be compared to Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney.

He was best known for the 1973  song “Stuck In the Middle With You” from his group Stealers Wheel.  This is  my favorite all-time song.  He also had 2 giant hits – “Baker Street” and “Right Down The Line” from his million seller 1978 album City To City.  He was in The Humblebums with Billy Connolly in the late 1960’s. 

Rafferty was born in Paisley, Scotland and moved to London during the swinging sixties, which was the happening place to be for any young, talented songwriter.  Although he didn’t tour much in the states, he continued to put out great albums, and even covered the John Lennon song “Out Of The Blue.” 

I was lucky enough the see him perform a concert in London in 1993 at The Hammersmith Odeon.  He perfomed his most famous songs like “Stuck In The Middle With You”, “Baker Street” and “Right Down The Line,” as well as “Late Again,” another Stealers Wheel song.  He had been promoting his great new album On A Wing And  A Prayer with former Stealers Wheel partner Joe Egan.  Some great tunes included “Hang On,” “Life Goes On” and “Don’t Give Up On Me,” as well as a cover of Alan Toussaint’s “Get Out Of My Life Woman.” 

Gerry Rafferty’s last recording was called Life Goes On (which contained a cover of The Beatles’ song “Because”}.  I guess it’s an ironic title for the end to a life cut way too short for one of the most amazing musicans ever to emerge from this world!

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