Gerry Rafferty

April 16, 1947 - January 4, 2011
  • In 1969 Gerry Rafferty became the third member of a folk-pop group, The Humblebums, which was also composed of Billy Connolly and Tam Harvey. Billy Connolly would later find fame as a comedian and comic actor. Harvey left shortly afterwards, and Rafferty and Connolly continued as a duo, recording two albums for Transatlantic Records.
  • The Humblebums disbanded in 1970 and Rafferty remained with Transatlantic for a solo album released in 1971, before forming Stealers Wheel the following year. He left them after recording their debut LP, although he was persuaded back when "Stuck In The Middle With You" hit the US and UK Top 10s.
  • Stealers Wheel disbanded in 1975 and legal issues after the break-up meant that, for three years, Rafferty was unable to release any material. He eventually resurfaced as a successful solo artist in 1978, achieving five US Top 40 hits, including "Baker Street," the song he is most identified with.
  • In 1970 Rafferty married Carla Ventilla, a hairdresser from an Italian family in Clydebank, Scotland. They had a daughter, Martha, who was the inspiration for the City to City track "Mattie's Rag."
  • Rafferty had enjoyed alcohol from a young age, but a growing drinking problem placed his marriage under an intolerable strain and Carla divorced him in 1990.
  • Rafferty died at his daughter Martha's home on January 4, 2011 of liver failure, aged 63.
  • Martha sang her father's song "Whatever's Written in Your Heart" alongside five other family members at his funeral in his hometown of Paisley on January 21, 2011.

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