Thursday, January 6, 2011

Baker Street singer Gerry Rafferty dies

Scottish singer Gerry Rafferty who had hits with Baker Street and Stuck In The Middle With You has died at the age of 63.

Rafferty, best known for his 1972 hit Stuck In The Middle With You with his band Stealer's Wheel, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family, daughter Martha said this morning.

The Scottish-born singer had been admitted to hospital in Bournemouth last November with liver failure London's Daily Mirror reported.

While Stealer's Wheel enjoyed huge success with tracks such as Stuck In The Middle With You and Star, the group disbanded in 1975, leaving Rafferty free to pursue his solo career.

It was in 1978 that Rafferty wrote Baker Street, the track that was recognised last October for having been played a staggering five million times worldwide.

Rafferty suffered from alcoholism, leading to the breakdown of his 20-year marriage to wife Carla in 1990.

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

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