Scotland's Gerry Rafferty was better known for his 1970's
hits than what he released in the 1980's, but we include him here due to
the fact that not only did he produce in the 80's, but his late 70's hit
songs continued on the radio well into the 80's. At a young age, Rafferty
knew he wanted to make music. His first band, The Mavericks, was a
cover band for songs from The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
Later he joined a band called The Humblebums with future comedian Billy
Connolly, from which two albums were produced.
By 1971, Rafferty was a solo artist, and his first
release, Can I Have My Money Back, was released in 1971.
Soon after he formed a band called Stealers Wheel, which released three
albums (you may remember their song "Stuck in the Middle with You").
A few years after the dissolution of Stealers Wheel, Rafferty released
City to City,
which includes the hit songs "Baker Street", "Home and Dry", and "Right Down the Line."
"Baker Street" remains Rafferty's biggest hit, continuing to earn him
strong royalties. Rafferty's 1979 release, Night Owl, was also a
success, featuring the hit songs "Take the Money and Run", "Days Gone
Down", and "Get It Right Next Time".
Rafferty had three studio releases in the 1980's: Snakes
and Ladders (1980), Sleepwalking (1982), and
North & South
(1988). None of these faired well, and it has been said that this
is partially due to Rafferty's aversion to live performances in addition
to his attempt to change his sound. He continued producing well
into the 1990's and even into the 2000's. He died in 2011 of liver
failure from a life of heavy drinking, but his daughter keeps his memory
alive via his website. The Gerry Rafferty Discography is as
follows:1971: Can I Have My Money Back?
1974: Gerry Rafferty (Rafferty's 1969 & 1970 Humblebums recordings)
1978: City to City
1979: Night Owl
1980: Snakes and Ladders
1984: First Chapter
1984: Baker Street
1988: North and South
1989: Right Down the Line: The Best of Gerry Rafferty
1992: On a Wing and a Prayer
1994: Over My Head
1995: One More Dream: The Very Best of Gerry Rafferty
2000: Another World
2006: Days Gone Down: The Anthology: 1970–1982
2009: Life Goes On
2011: Gerry Rafferty & Stealers Wheel: Collected
City to City
DOWN THE LINE:
[starts] You know I need your love,
You've got that hold over me,
Long as I've got your love,
You know that I'll never leave, When I wanted
you to share my life, I had no doubt in my mind,
And it's been you, woman, Right down the line
North and South