Gerry Rafferty Passes at 63

LONDON — Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty, who enjoyed huge success with 1970s hits “Baker Street” and “Stuck in the Middle With You”, has died aged 63 after a long illness, his agent said.

Rafferty, who spent his final years battling alcoholism, reportedly died peacefully at home on Tuesday in Dorset, southern England, with his daughter Martha at his bedside.

“I can confirm that Gerry sadly passed away,” his agent Paul Charles told AFP.

He will be best remembered for his hit “Baker Street”, a 1978 soft-rock classic with a trademark saxophone solo that made it into the top 10 of the British and US charts.

Before pursuing a successful solo career, Rafferty was a member of the band Stealers Wheel with whom he recorded “Stuck in the Middle with You” in 1972 as part of their eponymous debut album.

The song was given a fresh lease of life after being featured on the soundtrack of Quentin Tarantino’s 1992 hit movie “Reservoir Dogs”, where it provided the incongruous backing music to a gruesome ear-slicing scene.

Born on April 16, 1947, in the Scottish town of Paisley, near Glasgow, he was the son of a heavy-drinking Irish-born miner.

Rafferty formed Stealers Wheel in 1972 with his friend Joe Egan, before finally going solo. He released his final album, “Another World”, in 2000.
In November he was admitted to hospital in Bournemouth, southern England, after suffering liver failure.

As well as battling problems with alcohol, Rafferty also endured professional disputes during his career, most notably a long-running contract disagreement with Stealers Wheel.

He is survived by daughter Martha, his granddaughter Celia, and brother Jim.

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