When Baker Street songwriter Gerry Rafferty died of liver failure, on 4 January 2011, at the age of 63, the whole of Scotland mourned the passing of one of the nation’s greatest musicians. A troubled soul with an extremely strong work ethic, Rafferty had, over the decades, amassed a large cache of unreleased recordings that were now left in the hands of his estate.
Listen to ‘Rest In Blue’ here.
“Ten years felt like the right amount of time to turn back and pick it up”
It was reported at the time of his death that Rafferty had been recording songs up until a few months before his hospitalisation, so fans of the musician waited with bated breath for news of this material’s fate. Having been charged with safeguarding her father’s legacy, Gerry’s daughter, Martha Rafferty, began the process by launching an official website in tribute to him, but found the grief too overwhelming to revisit the treasure trove of material awaiting her.
“I just wasn’t emotionally ready,” she admitted to The Independent, acknowledging how it took a decade before she was ready to begin the work of compiling what would become her father’s 11th album, Rest In Blue. Eventually released on 3 September 2021, the record finally saw the light of day following the tenth anniversary of Gerry’s death. “Bereaving is a weird, non-linear process,” Martha added, “but somehow ten years just felt like the right amount of time to be able to turn back and pick it up.”