Scottish singer and songwriter Gerry Rafferty died in England today at the age of 63.
Reports say he’d had various liver and kidney problems that caught up to him.
Rafferty is known in the U.S. for two songs in particular: 1972’s “Stuck in the Middle With You” (by the band Stealers Wheel) and 1978’s “Baker Street,” one of the few rock songs with a saxophone that doesn’t absolutely suck.
“Stuck in the Middle With You” gained new fame after Quentin Tarantino smoothed our ears with it in 1992’s Reservoir Dogs.
Gerry Rafferty’s obituary from The Guardian is here.
A foreshadowing of his demise can be found in this article from two years ago. Things didn’t sound so good then.
In tribute, here’s a video (that’s not really a video) where you can hear his other hit from 1978, “Right Down the Line”: