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'Baker Street' singer Gerry Rafferty dies


GERRY RAFFERTY (pictured), the singer best known for hit tracks 'Stuck in the Middle With You' and 'Baker Street', has died. He had been gravely ill with a kidney condition.

The songwriter was born in Paisley, near Glasgow, to an Irish-Scottish family. His father was born deaf but this did not stop him singing Irish rebel songs.

Rafferty (63) launched his career busking and formed a band with Billy Connolly. He is credited with urging Connolly to go it alone as a comic.

He co-wrote the 1972 hit 'Stuck In The Middle With You' while with the band Stealers Wheel.

But his main claim to fame was the multimillion-selling 1978 hit 'Baker Street', which earned him an estimated £80,000 (€93,702) a year in royalties.

In recent years, he plunged into alcoholism and split with his wife Carla.

Rafferty's family confirmed that he died peacefully at home yesterday morning.

After beginning his recording career as a duo with Billy Connolly in the Humblebums, he tasted success with the group Stealers Wheel, before going on to enjoy further hits as a solo singer.

In later years, he became something of a recluse and disappeared from the music scene, receiving treatment for alcoholism and a drink-related liver problem. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent