Gerry was a very passionate singer and had such a beautiful, clear voice!
He is so well-known for Baker Street and Stuck In The Middle, but I also urge you to listen to his other songs, on this album and on the others he made, with the band "Stealers Wheel", the "Humblebums" (with Billy Connelly, the comedianne), and also on his own. Most of his songs are written about his personal life and feelings, and alot of people can identify with them.
Gerald Rafferty passed away at the age of 63 on January 4th, 2011... I imagined this to be a Las Vegas showgirl who wanted more out of life, in her career and her personal life. of wanting something so badly and yet it alludes the person. It was painful at the time, but a great decision on my part - as I did not want to be saddled with the nightmare of alcoholism to haunt me and rob me of a peaceful, productive life. Needless to say, by far the best reason to visit Baker Street is to see the unlikely inspiration for a magnificent (and poignant, given the manner of Rafferty's own death) pop song.
He's got this dream about buying some land He's gonna give up the booze and the one night standsand then he'll settle down, in the quiet little town and forget about everything"RIP Gerry, why'd you have to leave us so soon?Much love and condolences to his brother, his nephew and his children. He always ends up worn and alone but picks himself up, faces the new day and goes on searching.On 01/04/11, Gerry Rafferty died from liver failure due to alcoholism. Gerry left us a timeless piece that, unlike us, will not ever die. Thiss song to me was always about a guy who's always searching for something and deep down knows he'll never find it. I love this song its the song of my life and obviously many of yours.I feel very confident that this song, at least the single version of this song, was released in 1977.One of my high school friends committed suicide in the late Spring/early Summer of my junior year (1977) and our jazz band played this song my senior year at a Fall/Winter concert (1977).She is walking up Baker Street and sees that "he" was at home (the light is on) In my imagination, she fell in love with an alcoholic who lived up the street. Neither one of them ever attains to what it is they really want and she ends up always going home, in the early morning, alone . That was my fantasy interpretation for the last 37 years, until recently I heard the song again, flooding back memories... Re: Ravenscroft, who gave us the iconic saxophone solo on Gerry Rafferty's #2 song, "Baker Street" in 1978, died Sunday (October 19) of what is believed to be a heart attack at the age of 60.