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Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty died on Tuesday following a long illness. He was 63.

Rafferty enjoyed moderate success in the early ’70s with Stealers Wheel, landing a lone hit single with the Dylan parody ‘Stuck in the Middle’ before breaking up in 1975. ‘Stuck in the Middle’ was given the new lease of life in 1992 when director Quentin Tarentino chose it to score the iconic torture scene in Reservoir Dogs.

After Stealers Wheel broke up, Rafferty resumed his burgeoning solo career and, in 1978, released his best-known work, City to City. The album’s success was fueled by its lead single, ‘Baker Street,’ whose burning saxophone hook has been credited with the “Baker Street phenomenon,” an explicable ursurge in saxophone sales across the UK in the late ’70s.

Rafferty never recreated the success of ‘Baker Street,’ in part an effect of his shyness and unwillingness to perform live, but he periodically released albums right up until the turn of the millennium.





Kaleid
01.04.11
It was a really sad way to go. His final years weren't his happiest.

crowing51
01.04.11
Damn I just made a news article of this too.

Nagrarok
01.04.11
Oh that saxophone hook.

Spare
01.04.11
holy shit. this guy is my fucking childhood. still got city to city and baker street on vinyl.

bloc
01.05.11
I love that damn saxophone solo thing

Aids
01.05.11
I know not of this artist. My thoughts to his friends, family, and fans.

Spec
01.05.11
RIP

SCREAMorphine
01.05.11
RIP

BigHans
01.05.11
RIP. 2 of the best songs ever

omnipanzer
01.05.11
The opening and hook to "Baker Street" are pretty unforgeable and love "Stuck in the Middle" for specific reasons listed above.

RIP

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