Our man was born 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. In 1969 our man became the third member of an existing folk-pop ensemble The Humblebums composed of future comedian Billy Connolly and Tam Harvey. Harvey left shortly afterwards, and he and Connolly continued as a duo, recording two albums for Transatlantic Records. After the two decided to go their separate ways in 1971, Transatlantic owner Nathan Joseph signed Rafferty to a contract as a solo performer and Rafferty recorded his first solo album, Can I Have My Money Back?, with Hugh Murphy, a young staff producer working for the label. The album was a critical success but did not enjoy commercial success. According to his daughter Martha, it was around this time that her father discovered, by chance, Colin Wilson's classic book The Outsider, about alienation and creativity, which became a huge influence both on his songwriting and his outlook on the world: "The ideas and references contained in that one book were to sustain and inspire him for the rest of his life." He and schoolfriend Joe Egan formed the group Stealers Wheel in 1972, producing several hits, most notably "Stuck in the Middle with You" and "Late Again". In 1978, he recorded his second solo album, today's mystery album, which included "Baker Street", his most popular song.,
Sadly the latter part of his live was marred by drinking binges, divorce more binges and in the end, November 2010, he was admitted to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital where he was put on a life-support machine and treated for multiple organ failure. After being taken off life support, he rallied for a short time, and it seemed that he might recover. Our man died at his daughter Martha's home in Stroud, Gloucestershire, on 4 January 2011 of liver failure.
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Today's mystery album was the second studio album released 20 January 1978 by today's Scottish mystery singer-songwriter. It was his first solo release in six years — and first release of any kind since 1975 — 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 featured a prominent eight-bar saxophone riff played as a break between verses, by Raphael Ravenscroft who died 19 October 2014 at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, aged 60, of a suspected heart attack. Ravenscroft, a session musician, was in the studio to record a brief soprano saxophone part and suggested that he record the break using the alto saxophone he had in his car. The part led to what became known as "the 'Baker Street' phenomenon", a resurgence in the sales of saxophones and their use in mainstream pop music and television advertising."Baker Street" is widely regarded as his signature song and by October 2010 had reached 5 million plays on British radio. Up for grabs here a 2011 remaster...
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Here an improvised posting with a live linux disc, as having been unable to reinstall windows with the drivers i need..ah my mistake should have copied those to a save place with the help of that linux live disc as my system at the time crashed even in safe mode..