Gerry Rafferty Hit It Big With Baker Street

GERRY RAFFERTY, was a Scottish singer-songwriter, who had a major world-wide hit in 1978 with his song, BAKER STREET, which featured the great playing of Saxophonist, Raphael Ravenscroft. Gerry's big hit came fairly late in his career, he had been in the Folk Pop group,

 

The Humblebums, and then Stealers Wheel, which hit big with "Stuck In The Middle With You," but devolved into a myriad of Law Suits and confusion. It took several years for Rafferty to be released from his former contractual obligations, but he finally got loose and went into the Studio as a Solo Artist. His first solo album, "City to City," threw off the single "Baker Street," which became an international hit going #2 Pop in the U.S. and #3 in the U.K., and selling five and a half million albums.

 

Unfortunately Gerry had a drinking problem that effected his work and marriage, and led to his death due to complications from Liver Disease in 2011.

 

Fun Fact: Rafferty's producer, Hugh Murphy, said they literally had to beg United Artists to release Baker Street as a single, because the label thought it was "Too good for the American Public." 
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