He was born (16 April 1947) into a working-class family in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland. His mother taught him both Irish and Scottish folk songs as a boy; later, he was influenced by the music of The Beatles and Bob Dylan. He joined the folk-pop group The Humblebums in 1969. After they disbanded in 1971, he recorded his first solo album, Can I Have My Money Back? Rafferty and Joe Egan formed the group Stealers Wheel in 1972, producing several hits, most notably "Stuck in the Middle with You". In 1978, he recorded his second solo album, which included "Baker Street", his most popular song. His next album, Night Owl, also did well. Guitarist Richard Thompson helped by performing on the track "Take The Money and Run", and the title track was a UK No. 5 hit in 1979. Subsequent albums, such as Snakes and Ladders (1980), Sleepwalking (1982), and North and South (1988), fared less well, perhaps due partly to Rafferty's longstanding reluctance to perform live, which he felt uncomfortable with.
He had married Carla Ventilla in 1970 and lived in Scotland with their daughter, Martha Mary, before moving to the south of England in the late 1970s, where they divided their time between their farm near the Kent–Sussex border and a home in Hampstead, London. His lengthy commutes from London to Scotland inspired a number of songs. His alcoholism caused his marriage to break up in 1990. Despite several attempts to better himself living in LA and Italy, alcohol became his undoing 4th of January 2011 he died of liver failure.
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Today's mystery album is the the 2nd solo album from today's artist, and was released on 20 January 1978. Due to his tenure in the band Stealers Wheel and subsequent legal proceedings which prevented him from releasing any new solo recordings for the next three years. The album was strongly received, peaking at #1 in the US and going Platinum, as well as reaching #6 in the UK and achieving Gold status. "Baker Street", "Right Down the Line" and "Home and Dry" were successfully released as singles. "Baker Street" is widely regarded as Rafferty's signature song and by October 2010 had reached 5 million plays on British radio.
His song "Baker Street" was about how uncomfortable he felt in the star system, and what do you know, it was a giant world hit. The album went to No. 1 in America, and suddenly he found that as a result of his protest, he was a bigger star than ever. And he now had more of what he didn’t like. In a 2003 interview with The Sun (Scotland), he revealed just how profitable his biggest song had been: "Baker Street still makes me about £80,000 a year. It's been a huge earner for me. I must admit, I could live off that song alone' he reputedly loathed the 1992 dance music cover version of "Baker Street" by Undercover, but it earned him another £1.5 million, selling around three million copies in Europe and America. He never allowed "Baker Street" to be used for advertising, however, despite a number of lucrative offers. Here to grab the 95 remaster by Steve Hoffman.
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