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LONDON (AP) - Gerry Rafferty's agent says the Scottish singer behind hit songs "Baker Street" and "Stuck in the Middle With You" has died. He was 63.

Paul Charles confirmed Tuesday that his client, whose 1978 hit record "Baker Street" reached No. 3 in the U.K. and No. 2 in the U.S. music charts, had passed away following a long illness.

Rafferty wrote hit single "Stuck in the Middle With You" in 1972, while performing as part of the Scottish folk-rock band Stealers Wheel. The ode - or mocking tribute - to Bob Dylan's raspy voice grew new wings in film maker Quentin Tarantino's movie "Reservoir Dogs," and has sold more than a million copies worldwide.

He made headlines in recent years for his public struggles with alcoholism and had reportedly suffered liver failure.

Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press
Published in Bangor Daily News on Jan. 4, 2011.
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May 19, 2020
Mr. Rafferty
I enjoy your good/great music and I love your song, Right down the line ! Thank you for your entertainment to the people and thank you for your work and your contribution to musical history of our western
civilization . My condolences to the family and friends of
Mr. Rafferty for your loss. ✝
Joe D. Carlsbad, Texas USA
Joe DeHoyos
March 5, 2019
Dearly missed and in our hearts forever...
December 10, 2018
He s still great Gerry lives still
K b
May 25, 2018
Tony Moysi
July 7, 2017
Valenda Newell
March 9, 2015
I remember fondly my first hearing of "Baker Street". I was driving from Fairbanks Alaska to Delaware and in the middle of nowhere, on a long, dark stretch of road in Montana, I was listening to a station on my illegally installed headphones on the truck radio. In the lonely darkness, I heard this haunting, eerie saxophone blazing out a tune to a song I hadn't heard before. I was startled enough to pull over and stop. I turned out the lights and under a spectacular star-filled Montana canopy, I listened to the end. I sat there, having a smoke and made it a point to find the song when I got home. And that tune, by a guy I never heard before, played in my mind for the next 1100 miles. Thank you, Gerry, for making my trip so much better.
January 4, 2015
Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.
Harry Simpson
April 30, 2013
Jejovah is redeeming the soul of his servants. And none of those taking refuge in him will be held guilty
Nazarene Mckinney
March 5, 2013
Rest In Peace, Mr. Rafferty. Thank You For Sharing Your Musical Talents With The World. See You On The Other Side Some Beautiful Day.
Richard Owen
December 29, 2011
June 25, 2011
Gerry was a talented man he will be remembered always. His writings and music touched the heart of so many people. As we reflect on his life may the thoughts found at Revelation 21:3,4 bring comfort and peace to us all.
March 10, 2011
Baker's Street is heavenly; such a touching song thatt will always fill me with joy - thank you Gerry
Sandra D
March 10, 2011
Rest in Peace, Jerry. Your music spoke to me, I'll miss you greatly.
Kathy Goggin
March 8, 2011
your song baker st is part of my rep - people love it and i thank you for all the thought and care that you put into writting it
susan preston
March 1, 2011
Dear Friends: from Brian, Daisy, Joshua& Robert
We have belatedly learned of the sad and regrettable passing of Gerry Rafferty, the extremely talented songwriter/singer, who for 1/3 of a century, as our family’s favorite rock singer, satisfied our musical interests with his fascinating, attractive lyrics, plus his unique harmonies.

For over 25 years I had an international telephone friendship with his brother Jim, sometimes speaking with him as often as on a weekly basis.…until Jim and his family moved away from Kent. Jim is a great guy, and I really enjoyed our many conversations: not only about Gerry’s music and upcoming releases, but also about sound religious values and various family member happenings.

With Gerry having released as very many songs through the years as he did, there must undoubtedly be numerous as yet unreleased tracks/or lyrics of various kinds, perhaps at different levels of completion; which hopefully some day will be compiled or utilized into future albums yet to be sold. Certainly these creations could be of financial benefit both to his remaining family, loved ones and interested musical associates; plus also would be “welcome new musical material” available on upcoming cds for purchase to his many dedicated fans. (You might even want to include some of Jim’s recorded songs such as the lovely “Bishop’s Mountain.)”

Gerry, a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to you for all of your enjoyable musical talent and creativity through the years. And, although your passing seems tragic, premature and disappointingly untimely, I am truly glad for you that you will no longer have to worry about worsening health, nor any further uncomfortable hospitalization. The lyrics to your song,”Clear Day” perhaps(?) could describe how you might be at this time “looking back at all that you did on earth”….. and how things are for you now.

Gerry, we will miss you dearly. Along with our sympathy and prayerful condolences, we wish “All the very best!” to: your family, your friends and loved ones; and as well to: all the numerous persons who through the years were involved in so many ways in helping you to perform, produce and publish your unforgettable legacy of musical gifts!

With our love and gratitude,

Robert L. Weissberg (rlw1234) and family
Cedar City, Utah, U.S.A.
Robert Weissberg
February 28, 2011
One of the all time greats
Paul Roche
February 16, 2011
Thanks for the memories
January 22, 2011
"We can find a better place, we're just waiting for the right moment". Sleep in peace Gerry.
January 21, 2011
Rest In Peace Gerry Rafferty
Thanks for Baker Street
Your fan Henry Vivanco from Lima-peru
henry vivanco
January 21, 2011
Thanks for Baker Street
your fan:Henry Vivanco from Lima-Peru
henry vivanco
January 21, 2011
Thinking of you, Martha
Andrew Tong
January 20, 2011
When I first heard Baker Street I was 12 years old. It has remained my favorite song. At last you rest from weary struggling between what we could be, what we thought we were, and alas what we really are.
Stacy Ricks (Sacramento, CA)
January 19, 2011
Its all on a wing and a prayer, thankyou for the music Gerry, God bless you.
Rob Parmenter
January 13, 2011
Gerry, you will be sadly missed by your fans,friends and family, its a sad loss for us, but it is comforting to know you have made your peace within the chaos.
Fame is not what what you wanted but by sharing your talent it was inevitable.
We have no way of knowing what lies ahead since that lifetime ago in the Scotia days when you and Billy played at the head of the bill and the rest of us played catch up.
L Burns
January 13, 2011
I discovered Gerry Rafferty at the same time most people in the U.S. did - back in '78 with "Baker Street". I bought the "City to City" album and was blown away at how good it was. Subsequently I had to get the rest of his albums and enjoyed each and every one. He was a great talent and should have had more recognition for his amazing songwriting abilities and his fantastic voice. He was and will always be one of my favorite singer/songwriter. Thank you Gerry for all you have given us. My heartfelt condolences to his family. He will be sorely missed.
January 12, 2011
On a wing and a prayer...
It’s always the same story, isn't it? You just don’t know what you’ve got... until it’s gone, Do you?
And those words have never been better represented than with the recent passing of the reluctant hero himself, Gerry Rafferty. We all know of him for his, "One Big Hit" in 1978, "Baker Street," but there was so much more than a flash in the musical pan, for the man to be revered. I hope you, as I, will be pleasantly pleased to re-acquaint yourself with a much underrated singer, songwriter, pianist and guitar player… that Gerry Rafferty in fact is, if only in our hearts.
Thank you Gerry, for leaving us with such a wonderful musical legacy to remember you by for a very long while.
Gerry Rafferty
May You Rest In Peace...
Casey Pons
January 12, 2011
I've just "found" this wonderful voice within the legendary song: Baker Street. I knew of his health and read about all that anticipating his end and now I am so sorry to learn about his death. I have purchased all his music. I'm on UTube all hours of the day to listen and read. I am so sad for us (the family - his fans and family). My very deepest heart felt condolences.
Connie Mashock
January 11, 2011
This is just heartbreaking. I found out about Gerry Rafferty's passing through a friend on facebook. I've been a fan since I was 9 years old when my mom bought me "Can I Have My Money Back?" I have all his records from the days with the Humblebums through his solo years. I'm not surprised by his passing, though. I knew he had been struggling with alcoholism for years. I was looking forward to some new music after he released "Life Goes On" a year ago. But now I must take solace in his legacy as a singer/songwriter. I definitely will miss him and can't help but mourn the loss. RIP Gerry, you were a great musician and a gentle soul.
Billy Watson
January 11, 2011
His music,words,voice were compelling and touched a deep deep part of my soul, especially The Right Moment, I have been sobbing a bit each day since I got the news, playing all his cds. The last one was brilliant too. Angela London
January 11, 2011
Was lucky enough to see Gerry in concert back in Feb '93 (jeez is it that long ago!) He was wonderful and his band were superb. Such a talented musician who's left behind a fantastic legacy of work.
David Cook
January 11, 2011
January 10, 2011
R I P to a fine singer writer/musician, fellow Scottish and Irishman may your heart be lighter now and troubles be few- your in heaven now, your soul is free
thanks for touching us with your magic, you're a star now up there always bright
your music lifted us and always made us think about life, yours was much to short, my sympathies to all your family and fans who loved you.
jeff bilby
January 10, 2011
R I P to a fine singer writer/musician, may your heart be lighter now and troubles be few- your in heaven now, your soul is free
thanks for touching us with your magic, you're a star now up there always bright
jeff bilby
January 9, 2011
My most sincere sympathy and prayers to the friends, family and fans of this talented artist. He will be missed by all of us. He had such a smooth and unique sound to all of his hits.
Bill Carroll
January 9, 2011
Not a Lot of people know that Baker Street was written on the life of (the chin] Mr Ian Campbell i am sure that wee Danny Kyle and the rest of the Paisley Buddies will be looking forward to a celestial gig in the Rockfield Hotel when Billy and Tam and Mat McGinn sang all the folk songs that made us feel like one big happy family.
Ron Edgar
January 9, 2011
Such an amazing talent, been a hugh fan since the 1970's. your music will live in our hearts forever.
paul hestness
January 8, 2011
My deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences go out to the family for their loss at this tragic time. Baker Street is one of my all time favorites. Thank you Gerry! Rest in Peace.
Scottie Brown
January 8, 2011
I can still remember where I was the first time I heard Baker Street. That was a great summer, slower times, a bit more innocent time than now. The music and lyrics then were more personal, and it stuck with you. Gerry certainly gave us great tunes to sing along with and to carry with us wherever we go. Thanks Gerry! I pray your soul is resting well!
Chris Stokes
January 8, 2011
My sincere condolences to Gerry's family and friends.
Rest in peace Gerry.
A Star has left the earth but his music is everlasting!
January 8, 2011
Dear Gerry, so very sad tot hear you've left us. Listening to your music (from Humblebums to your solo career) has meant -and still means- so much to me: the sound of your voice, your melodies, it was an unique combination. Your music frequently accompanied my life; a pity I was never able to see you "life". My dearest condolences for your family and friends.
Han Sijl
January 7, 2011
January 7, 2011
Shalom to all family members on Gerry's passing - his music has inspired and delighted me for four decades and the world has lost a great artist - Geoff (Maryborough, Australia)
Geoff James
January 7, 2011
Rest in peace Gerry, your music was inspiring and it's genious will be missed
January 7, 2011
My sincere condolences to all friends and family on the loss of Mr. Rafferty. He was my favorite singer/songwriter since the 70s. I am so saddened by this news. Peace and love,
January 7, 2011
Rest in Peace Gerry, you were a true artist.

Debora ( Clearwater Fl
Debora Hamilton
January 7, 2011
So sorry to hear about Gerry Rafferty's passing. I loved listening to his song "Stuck in the Middle With You" when I was in school. As I get older, I hated seeing people I "grew up with" pass on.
Laraine Jensen
January 7, 2011
The soothing, melodic sounds of Baker Street, as I hung out in my backyard on an Autumn day. Baker Street coming out of the AM/FM radio creating the beautiful feeling of happiness and carefree living. I can feel it as it was yesterday. GOD BLESS YOU, GERRY
January 7, 2011
Rest in peace~Love your music~Great guy~What can I say..You are and Always will be thought of every time I hear your great music~You are a legend~Thank you for your musical talent~God Bless you and your family~
Adriana L.
January 7, 2011
I remember listening to Gerry Rafferty's albums as a young teenager.
Home And Dry was one of my favorite songs. loved his album "Night Owls".
Rest In Peace Gerry

Lori Pfadt
January 7, 2011
To the friends and family of Gerry Rafferty, I'm so sorry for your loss. Gerry's music has touched 3 generations, and it will live on forever. May he rest in peace with Jesus in Heaven.
Ron Busser
January 7, 2011
"Stuck In The Middle" was a staple in our club band's repertoire during the mid '70's. Was one of the ice-breaker songs that always got the crowd off their feet. Gerry died much too soon. May he rest in peace, and may God bless him and his whole family.
Tom Pillion
January 7, 2011
Deep sorry for the Rafferty family> I remember those songs. We look forward to the time when 'no resident will say I'm sick,' when death will be no more.'
God has promise to 'make all things new.' May you stay in God's love.
A Chatman
January 7, 2011
My deepest regards go out to the family of this great artist. He set the tone for a lifetime of memories. Thanks for making our lives richer through your talents. Gone but not forgotten. R.I.P.
Elaine Winegardner
January 7, 2011
I received the "Baker Street" album on my 27th b-day. That was 34yrs ago. His music is beautiful and timeless. The hauntingly, melodic saxophone solos in Baker Street always gives me chills. May you rest in peace, Gerry...
Eraina Woodworth
January 7, 2011
Mr. Rafferty was such a talent !.."Baker Street" still invokes good feelings of a time in my life where I was happy & having a carefree lifestyle.. His music & he will be missed by his fans..May God be with his family & friends in this time of sorrow.He may be gone, but will never be forgotten. Thank you Mr. Rafferty for leaving us with such great music !
January 7, 2011
The haunting, melodic saxophone of the "Baker Street" album was the reason I wanted it for my 27th birthday. That was 34 years ago. Beautiful, timeless music that has remained in my heart May God allow you to rest in peace.
Eraina Woodworth
January 7, 2011
My all time number one song is still "Right Down the Line". It is such a powerful love song and still calms me in the toughest times. Gerry Rafferty had a voice like no other. His folksy sound and beautiful harmonies made him a phenominal musician. The world is a sadder place without his songs. I'm sure glad I have his albums to always have his voice. Rest in Peace, Gerry.
January 6, 2011
Thanks, Gerry! God Bless and comfort your family and friends.
Los Alamos, New Mexico
January 6, 2011
OMG....."Stuck In The Middle" was one of my favorites back in my late teens - early twenties...Also, very fond of "Baker Street"....Both songs bring back good memories...What a talented song writer.....

R.I.P. Gerry Rafferty
January 6, 2011
The world has lost a great muscian. His music will live on forever!
Cyril Sellers
January 6, 2011
First and utmost I want to express my sincere sympathy to the Rafferty family for their loss of Jerry. I’m so very sorry for their close personal loss.

For the rest of us, Jerry gave so much to the music world via his talent that not only will the entire music world miss him but all of us will be indebted to Jerry for his unique musical contributions. I listen to Baker Street today and enjoy Jerry Rafferty’s musical talent just as much as I did 32+ years ago. Yes I’m 60+ years old and I regularly listen to a few dozen musical artists from my youth and Jerry Rafferty is certainly one of my favorites. When I want to kick back and relax I simply turn the stereo up to ‘Medium Plus’ or ‘High’ and listen to ‘Baker Street’. Note that I sit in front of the stereo speakers so that my body not only feels but hears the beautiful saxophone and guitar notes of Jerry Rafferty.

Again, my sincere sympathy to the Rafferty Family.
Greg Paxton.
Greg Paxton
January 6, 2011
My words, won't be enough. Gerry, your music meant so much to me in my youth when I needed it the most. I can remember a precise place and time with each song... "Stuck in the middle" 10 years old playing in my neighbourhood, discovering AM radio and all the music it played. "Baker Street", 15 years old and 500 kms from home for a whole summer making new friends listening to your song in our canteen playing late 60s vintage pinball machines... thank you for being part of my life even though you were unaware.
January 6, 2011
My words, won't be enough. Gerry, your music meant so much to me in my youth when I needed it the most. I can remember a precise place and time with each song... "Stuck in the middle" 10 years old playing in my neighbourhood, discovering AM radio and all the music it played. "Baker Street", 15 years old and 500 kms from home for a whole summer making new friends listening to your song in our canteen playing late 60s vintage pinball machines... thank you for being part of my life even though you were unaware.
January 6, 2011
Such an awesome musician. He will be missed dearly.
Susan Kober
January 6, 2011
My condolences to the Rafferty family on the loss of your loved one. I really loved Baker St. and Stuck In The Middle.
Death is not the end for Jesus speaks of another day. May the God who gives comfort be with the family at this time.
Phyllis Wilson
January 6, 2011
R.I.P. God bless.
Jane Dowling
January 6, 2011
So saddened to hear of Gerry's death, what a talented guy. I am sure that everyone will remember where they were when they first heard Baker Street...the music will live on.
Christine,Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire
January 6, 2011
Carlos Vicente
January 6, 2011
Gerry, You were an enormous talent! Thanks for everything. Tim, Ill.
January 6, 2011
My condolences to Gerry Rafferty's family. He was such a talented musician. I loved his songs. He will be remembered forever.
Eileen Dranetz
January 6, 2011
May you sing with the angels in heaven, your music will live in my heart forever
Brian O'Hagan
January 6, 2011
Everytime I hear Baker Street it brings floods of memories from my 70's years. Thanks for the memories. God Bless.
Julia Johnson
January 6, 2011
Susan Gail Brown (Swope)
January 6, 2011
My condolences to the family of Gerry. I've spent much time listening to his great music over the years - he will be missed but what he created will live forever.
RIP Gerry
Steve Radel
January 6, 2011
I was saddened to learn of your passing.

Thank you for leaving us some wonderful songs to remember you by.

Rest In Peace, Gerry Rafferty. Your music will live on.
Gail Siegel
January 6, 2011
Gerry we had some great times in the "Old Ship Inn " with the Big Yin. So sad at your passing but your talent will live for ever.
Wee Davy, Ireland.
January 6, 2011
May you make music in heaven. You made heavenly music on earth. Thank you for the beauty you created. God bless you.
Pamela Belongia
January 6, 2011
Stuck in the Middle With You was a childhood favorite, still is, reminds me of the good old days. My absolute favorite of yours was Right Down the Line. Gerry what a true talent you were. You will be missed but your music will live on forever. RIP.
Alice Cullen
January 6, 2011
Baker Street can take me back to 17 years old on a fall Upstate NY day. Jerry thanks for the memories.
Bob Shaver
January 6, 2011
Regardless of all of lifes success, we all struggle with our inner demons. God speed Gerry, may you find happiness and contentment in the life here after. Thank you for the wonderful legacy of music that you have left for us to enjoy and remember you by..........
william phelton
January 6, 2011
A great voice has been lost.
Thomas Reis
January 6, 2011
Your music touched my heart and soul. Thanks so much for sharing your talent with the world. condolences to the family. Olivia
January 6, 2011
he had some GREAT music he will be missed my condolences to the family.
January 6, 2011
Thank you for all the hits. artist like you are rare and today there are fewer than ever true music makers I hope you rest easy now on Baker Street Keith Fullagar Cartersville Ga.
January 6, 2011
God bless you Gerry, a genius. Never wrote a bad song, have all the oldies, an incredible writer. Saw him a few times, WOW. Will remember you always. A few words from the song Vincent for you Gerry, This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you. Fin.
Fin Kenny
January 6, 2011
I have the cd with Baker Street and Right Down the Line. I listen to it all the time. Rest in Peace!
Colleen Newman
January 6, 2011
Very sorry to hear of Gerry's passing. His voice on Baker's Street always moves me. God Bless, Gerry. Condolences to his family.
Joyce Leonard
January 6, 2011
To the family of Gerry Rafferty - My whole life, "City to City" has been my all time favorite album. I have my old worn out vinyl, and I recently purchased my 2nd CD, as I wore the first one out. Gerry's gift of music has touched people around the world, and I thank you. May God keep his arms around you in this time of great sorrow. Sincerely,
Sarah Zahorian
January 6, 2011
See you on Baker Street Gerry ,RIP!!!!
January 6, 2011
I love Gerry's music. I am a big fan. My heartfelt sympathy and prayers are with the family and loved ones.
Vickie Sanders
January 6, 2011
To Gerry's Family,

I admired his works and style, no one ever gave music a flavor in your mouth, as his voice carried the instrumental clean in rock and roll. Sad to see him go, was a great man in the music world.
Maurice Doss
January 6, 2011
Our heart-felt prayers to out to the family of Mr. Gerry Rafferty. His music touched our hearts and shaped our lives in so many ways. He will be truly missed by everyone.

Many blessings from our home to yours,

Marshall and Kathy Eagle (Tyler, Texas)
Marshall Eagle
January 6, 2011
the beatles and stones have become boring. but i can listen to Baker Street and Right down the line all day long and it does not get old-timeless-thank you gerry
rich meskowitz
January 5, 2011
Gerry, you will be sorely missed by those that remember the GREAT music you provided our generation. I wish peace to your family and may the wounds of loss heal with God's Speed. Like many, "Stuck in the Middle" and "Baker Street" were the beacons of your work! What a fine life to be remembered by so many. RIP my friend.
Stephen Raulston
January 5, 2011
"Right Down the Line" is one of my favorite songs. We will miss you Gerry!! Your music made the world a better place. SAI, Seminole,Florida
January 5, 2011
"Baker Street" was and still is one of my favorites....the brass cannot be beat by anyone!...SM, MA
January 5, 2011
Beverly Turner
January 5, 2011
Sure do hate to hear this..Baker Street brings back a lot of GREAT memories for me. RIP Gerry...right down the line! Your music lives on in our hearts and mind. May GOD comfort the family as only HE can do.
January 5, 2011
To the family Of Gerry Rafferty.
I hope he is in peace now and I do remember the song Baker Street when I was 21years old in 1978.
Rest In Peace Gerry!
Diana Machinas
January 5, 2011
Rest easy life is just the preview for eternity
My prayers are with your family and friends. I bought the LP(vinyl)(33rpm)record for a boyfriend on his birthday and purchased one for my self. I still have my LP and it still works Old School on my stereo turntable. Music bridges the 45s,78s,33s,8track, cassette,CD, and radio. Still it's clowns to the left of>>>>>ME>>>>jokers to the right.
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