Best known for his 1978 smash-hit single, Baker Street, Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty left behind a huge cache of inspirational, heart-searching songs. Despite a notoriously prickly relationship with the music industry, Rafferty, born on 16 April 1947, forged his reputation writing laidback and melodic tunes of longing and self-reflection, all while fighting a lifelong struggle with alcoholism. Forging a solo career following the disbandment of the folk-rock group Stealers Wheel, Rafferty soon found himself a reluctant voice of a generation, inspiring fans across the world with his mellow and sophisticated songcraft. To prove why there’s more to the Paisley-born singer than a stroll down Baker Street, here are our ten best Gerry Rafferty songs.
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10: Sleepwalking (from ‘Sleepwalking’, 1982)
Driven by a Celtic-tinged groove, the 1982 single Sleepwalking saw Gerry Rafferty at his most perky and spry, but failed to find commercial success. Making use of programmed drum beats and 80s synths, it was recorded at Strawberry Studio – the same studio used by the band 10cc – with the help of Sheena Easton producer Christopher Neil. Both Rafferty and Neil performed backing vocals on the song, which the producer later recalled with much fondness and good humour. “I remember him wetting himself laughing,” Neil later said, recounting how he tried to imitate Gerry’s nasal intonation. “It was hysterical, bless him. But it was a big thrill to sing backing vocals with him.”