Comedian Billy Connolly and former band mates gathered yesterday to pay tribute to their friend, Gerry Rafferty, who died on Tuesday of complications due to liver failure. Each spoke of their desire and efforts to help Rafferty get past the dangerous addiction to alcohol that would eventually kill him.
With monstrous hits such as “Baker Street”, which continued to pay out substantial royalties right up to his death and “Stuck in the Middle”, even if you can’t place his name, you’ve absolutely heard his music.
Rafferty, with Connolly, recorded two albums with the band The Humblebums before splitting in 1970. Eventually, Rafferty joined Stealers Wheel and then launched a successful solo career. With the 1990’s came an influx of new fans as “Stuck in the Middle” was featured on the soundtrack for Quentin Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs”.
Connolly has referred to Rafferty as “a hugely talented songwriter and singer who will be greatly missed.” Musician, Tom Robinson said, “His early work with Stealers Wheel was an inspiration to a whole generation of songwriters in the 70s, including me.”
Photo By Eddie Mallin (Gerry Rafferty) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons