Scottish singer Gerry Rafferty dies aged 63: agent

5th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty, who enjoyed huge success with "Baker Street" and "Stuck in the Middle With You" in the 1970s has died after a long illness, his agent said Tuesday. He was 63.

Rafferty, who suffered from well documented problems with alcohol, died peacefully at home with his daughter Martha at his bedside, British media reported.

The Scot, whose death was revealed by his agent Paul Charles, was a member of the band Stealers Wheel before his solo career and recorded "Stuck in the Middle with You" in the early 70s with the band.

The song was given a fresh lease of life after being featured on the soundtrack of Quentin Tarantino's 1992 hit movie "Reservoir Dogs".

But it is 1978 soft rock classic "Baker Street", which was propelled into the top 10 of the British and US charts with its distinctive saxophone solo, for which he will likely be best remembered.

Rafferty was born in Paisley, a town on Scotland's west coast, and began his musical career as a busker on London's underground train network.

As well as battling problems with alcohol, Rafferty also endured professional disputes during his career, most notably a long-running contract disagreement with Stealers Wheel.

© 2011 AFP

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