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On January 5, 2011, the day after Gerry Rafferty died, when his agent Paul Charles spoke to the BBC by telephone from Los Angeles, he threw some light on what he called "such an evocative song". Skeffington was Rafferty's mother's maiden name. According to Rafferty's Daily Telegraph obituary, he was born in Paisley, Scotland on April 16, 1947, and had a miserable childhood, "His mother would hide from his father to avoid being beaten when he came home drunk".
This beautiful arpeggiated folk melody has also been covered by Allan Clarke and Olivia Newton-John. (thanks, Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2)
Kim Thayil of Soundgarden
Their frontman (Chris Cornell) started out as their drummer, so Soundgarden takes a linear approach when it comes to songwriting. Kim explains how they do it.
Marc Campbell - "88 Lines About 44 Women"
The Nails lead singer Marc Campbell talks about those 44 women he sings about over a stock Casio keyboard track. He's married to one of them now - you might be surprised which.
Joe Elliott of Def Leppard
The Def Leppard frontman talks about their "lamentable" hit he never thought of as a single, and why he's juiced by his Mott The Hoople cover band.
Collaborating with T Bone Burnett, Leslie Phillips changed her name and left her Christian label behind. Robert Plant, who recorded one of her songs on Raising Sand
, is a fan.