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"Baker Street" singer Gerry Rafferty dies, age 63

posted 5 Jan 2011, 05:23 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 5 Jan 2011, 05:27 ]

Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty, who had hits with "Baker Street" and "Stuck in the Middle With You," in the 1970s has died age 63.

CAPITOL/EMI RECORDS - Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty, whose 1970s hits include "Baker Street" and "Stuck in the Middle With You," has died age 63.

"I can confirm that Gerry very sadly passed away," his agent Paul Charles said in an email, giving no further details.

British media reported that Rafferty died peacefully at home with his daughter Martha by his side.

He had battled a drinking problem and spent time in hospital at Bournemouth in the south of England, with liver failure, the BBC reported.

Rafferty was born in Paisley, Scotland, and played in several bands before forming the folk rock outfit Stealers Wheel in 1972.

The group's eponymous debut album featured "Stuck in the Middle With You," a hit single that enjoyed a new lease of life when it was was used in Quentin Tarantino's movie "Reservoir Dogs."

Stealers Wheel broke up in 1975, but three years later Rafferty released the solo album "City to City" which produced the song "Baker Street" and sold millions of copies world-wide.

In October, "Baker Street," which includes the famous saxophone solo, was recognised by the royalty collection organisation BMI for more than five million plays globally.

"Stuck in the Middle With You" has been aired more than four million times.

Gerry Rafferty RIP