Five For Friday: Gerry Rafferty (Yacht Rock)

Gerry Rafferty first came to attention of US audiences as a member of Stealer’s Wheel, whose "Stuck In The Middle With You" was a Top 10 hit in 1972. Born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, his mother taught him traditional Scottish and Irish songs when he was young, and like most kids around the world he followed The Beatles and Bob Dylan when they were popular. He joined a group called The Humblebums in 1969; another member of that band was comedian Billy Connolly. When that broke up, he recorded his first solo album, 1971’s Can I Have My Money Back? He and Joe Egan formed Stealer’s Wheel in 1972, and when that partnership dissolved he recorded his second solo album, City To City, in 1978. He died in early January 2011 with ten albums to his credit.

  1. Baker Street: Gerry’s first big hit as a solo artist, from his 1978 album City To City. this reached #2 in the US (stuck behind Andy Gibb’s "Shadow Dancing"), #3 in the UK, and was a Top 10 hit through most of the rest of the world.
  2. Right Down The Line: Gerry’s other major hit in the US, where it reached #12 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart. In Canada, it reached #5 on both RPM’s Hot singles and Adult Contemporary charts. This was also from City To City.
  3. Night Owl: This did very well in the UK, reaching #5 there, but wasn’t released in North America. It was the title track from his 1979 album.
  4. Days Gone Down: Also from Night Owl, this charted only in the US and Canada, where it replaced "Night Owl." It reached #17 on the Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts.
  5. Get It Right Next Time: His last single to chart in the US, it reached #21 on the Hot 100 but #15 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

Gerry Rafferty, your Five For Friday, September 18, 2020.

24 thoughts on “Five For Friday: Gerry Rafferty (Yacht Rock)

  1. good picks,blogger is being a royal pain in the ass.and I tried to do the 5 on friday here on WordPress and the new format is even more frustrating to me,than blogger.

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  2. Right Down The Line…yes, yes!! Happy Friday, John. Thought of you earlier this month when I saw the score of the blowout Atlanta game. 29 runs! I thought our Giants 23 was big.

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  3. I’ve always loved his sound. My favourite song was not a hit as a single, at least as far as I know. It’s on Mark Knopfler’s Local Hero soundtrack called The Way It Always Starts. Between the lyrics and Rafferty’s voice…it gets me every time.

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  4. Hi John – it’s been interesting finding out a bit more about him … the song I really know is ‘Baker Street’ – which is wonderful … talented … sad he died tragically. Take care – Hilary

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