Gerry Rafferty Passes
Popular music lost one of its great voices January 4th with the passing of Gerry Rafferty. His first hit with the band Stealers Wheel, 'Stuck In The Middle With You' introduced his unique sound. And in 1978 Rafferty released the album 'City To City' which featured 'Baker Street' and 'Right Down The Line', both of which peaked at number 2.
He had perfect pitch, coupled with a warm vocal intonation that was pleasing to the ear. As a songwriter he was both clever and melodic, penning great songs like 'Stealin' Time', 'Home And Dry' and so many others.
If you want to hear Rafferty at his peak, grab a copy of 'City To City' and 'Night Owl'. Both albums are stellar beginning to end.
Rafferty had a turbulent life, plagued by alcoholism. He was reclusive and did not tour extensively, even during the pinnacle of commercial success. He collapsed on November 5th and had to be placed on life support. His condition improved and he was able to leave the hospital and go to his home in England. He died at home with his sister bedside. The music lives on but a talented musician, songwriter and singer is gone at the age of 63.