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Gerry Rafferty RIP

d_n_s_u

Posted:
1/5/11 at
1:10:52 PM

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This from The Guardian Newspaper (UK)

"The singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty, whose songs such as Stuck in the Middle with You (released in the early seventies but later resurfaced in the movie Reservoir Dogs), Baker Street and Get it Right Next Time soundtracked the 1970s, has died aged 63 after a long illness.

His family said he died at home peacefully with his daughter Martha this morning. (Jan 5 2011)

The Scot was born in Paisley, near Glasgow, played with Billy Connolly's folk outfit the Humblebums, and co-founded the soft-rock group Stealer's Wheel, before enjoying a successful solo career. Baker Street, released in 1978, was still netting him £80,000 a year more than 30 years later.

Rafferty endured battles with the music industry – once taking three years to disentangle contracts – and a problem with alcohol. When he was a child his mother would drag him round the streets of Glasgow, rather than risk his suffering violence at the hands of his Irish-born father, who would often come home drunk.

Although sure of his own abilities, Rafferty was fearful of working with stars such as Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney. On occasion his drinking would lead him to smashing cases of expensive wine.

He divorced from his wife Carla – who he met at a dancehall when she was 15 and married five years later – in 1990. She said: "There was no hope. I would never have left him if there'd been a glimmer of a chance of him recovering."

Rafferty, having once owned a Kent farm and a home in Hampstead, moved to California to be near Martha, before moving to Ireland in 2008 and later Dorset.

In recent years, he was better known for alcohol-fuelled incidents, apparent disappearances and poor health than for his music. His last album, Another World, was released in 2000."

Re: Gerry Rafferty RIP by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 1/6/11 4:39:42 PM

I've been w/o internet at home in recent days, but I read the newspapers pretty voraciously, and this didn't hit them yet. I always thought Stuck In The Middle was a great song, long before its use in Reservoir Dogs.

We also lost, in recent days, Anne Francis (Forbidden Planet, joining her co-star Nielsen)..Pete Postlethwaite (Lost World:Jurassic Park) and Bill Erwin, a character actor best known for a one-off on Seinfeld.

Who's next?

Mike

Re: Gerry Rafferty RIP by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 1/7/11 10:40:43 AM

This is a test..I replied to this yesterday, but I'm not sure what happened..my reply isn't on the thread.

Mike

Weird things are happening..it's
there now...

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Re: Gerry Rafferty RIP by d_n_s_u at 1/7/11 4:11:58 PM

Bobby Farrell died recently.

'Who's he?' I hear you ask.

The guy who fronted Boney M. a pop group very popular over here in the UK in the 70s / 80s

..I say fronted Boney M because he was never actually involved in recording any of the songs..he was a dancer and loved performing but singing wasn't his strong point.

Also Mick Karn

'Who's he?' I hear you ask.

A great bass player with the group Japan: very popular over here in the UK in the 70s / 80s

Also Gary Mason

'Who's he?' I hear you ask.

A former British boxing heavyweight champion who died in a cycling accident in London aged 48.

I'm getting old.

Re: Gerry Rafferty RIP by beastmaster beastmaster Profile at 1/7/11 8:35:54 PM

> Bobby Farrell died recently.

> 'Who's he?' I hear you ask.

> The guy who fronted Boney M. a pop group very popular over
> here in the UK in the 70s / 80s

Nah, you didn't hear ME ask...I read the obits here, but I had no familiarity with Boney M.

>> Also Mick Karn

>> A great bass player with the group Japan: very popular over
> here in the UK in the 70s / 80s

I heard of JAPAN, but had no familiarity with their music or members.

> Also Gary Mason

> 'Who's he?' I hear you ask.

> A former British boxing heavyweight champion who died in a
> cycling accident in London aged 48.

HIM, I never heard of.

> I'm getting old.

Catching up to me, aintcha?

Thanks for posting these, Gary

Mike