Song Of The Day: Stealers Wheel – “Star” (1974)

Let’s take a minute to remember Gerry Rafferty, who was born on this day in 1947. Rafferty was an immensely talented Scottish songwriter with a fabulous Dylanesque singing voice who did in fact hit the big time on a couple of occasions, but who on merit should have had even more success. His first big hit was with Stealers Wheel in 1973, a band he formed with his childhood friend Joe Egan. “Stuck In The Middle With You” still resonates today, and still shows up regularly on movie soundtracks. Then Rafferty had his biggest success with his 1978 solo album City To City, which yielded the monster hits “Baker Street” and “Right Down The Line”. But Rafferty hated the music biz and hated touring, and he descended into an alcoholism that afflicted him until his death of liver failure in 2011. But if you listen to the brilliance of this track from Stealers Wheel’s second album, you get a sad notion of how much bigger Rafferty might have been.


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