Gerry Rafferty
Gerry Rafferty

Gerry Rafferty

About Gerry Rafferty

Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty got his start in the folk-rock group The Humblebums in 1969.

∙ Tired of competing with the onstage routines of his Humblebums partner—and future comedy star Billy Connolly—he left to record his 1971 solo LP, Can I Have My Money Back?
∙ His breakthrough came in 1972 when his band Stealers Wheel had a global hit with “Stuck in the Middle With You”—which later scored a particularly grisly scene in Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs.
∙ Steely Dan was so impressed by Rafferty that they considered him as a possible replacement for their departed singer, David Palmer—until Donald Fagen was talked into taking the job himself.
City to City, his 1978 Platinum album, included his biggest hit, “Baker Street,” with an unforgettable sax hook derived from a guitar lick he’d played on the demo.
∙ The title track of his 1979 album, Night Owl, was a No. 5 hit in the UK, becoming only his second song to chart that high.
∙ In 2012, a year after his death, Rafferty’s hometown of Paisley, Scotland, renamed a street in his honor: Gerry Rafferty Drive.

    Paisley, Scotland
  • BORN
    April 16, 1947

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