Saturday, February 6, 2016

Gerry Rafferty, RIP

Stealer's Wheel leader Gerry Rafferty, who had two huge 1970s hits in "Stuck In The Middle With You" and, as a solo artist, "Baker Street," died on Tuesday 63. His obit is here. Rafferty, who released an album called Life Goes On last year, was plagued by alcoholism, rendering the protagonist's promise in "Baker Street" to "give up the booze and the one night stands" all the more poignant.

Gerry Rafferty, RIP

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UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970:  Photo of Gerry Rafferty  Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Gerry Rafferty Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Stealer's Wheel leader Gerry Rafferty, who had two huge 1970s hits in "Stuck In The Middle With You" and, as a solo artist, "Baker Street," died on Tuesday 63. His obit is here. Rafferty, who released an album called Life Goes On last year, was plagued by alcoholism, rendering the protagonist's promise in "Baker Street" to "give up the booze and the one night stands" all the more poignant. 

In 1978, the Scottish singer became a hero to disco haters when his album City To City, which also contained the hit "Right Down the Line," knocked the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack off the top of the charts, where it had been for 24 weeks. (The Rolling Stones' Some Girls, thanks to its disco hit "Miss You," replaced Rafferty off in turn.)

A Stealer's Wheel video for "Stuck In The Middle With You" is below. The grisly torture scene with Michael Madsen as Mr. Blonde playing the song on the radio (with Steven Wright as the DJ) from Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs is here.

Previously: Charles Fambrough, RIP

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