Monday, February 11, 2013

My Super 70's: Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty

I say goodbye to the 80's and say hello to my super 70's selections. My first pick is Gerry Rafferty's 1978 #1 hit 'Baker Street'. This song is about a street in London and was featured on Rafferty's solo album City to City.

Gerry Rafferty earned fame in the early 70's as a member of Stealers Wheel. Their most memorable hit was 1972's 'Stuck in the Middle with You', which is the tune that's played during the infamous ear scene in Reservoir Dogs. Rafferty tried to break away from his management during the mid-70's, and that led to legal issues, which led to a three year period where he could not release any music. When the legal issues came to an end, Rafferty was able to release new material that included 'Baker Street'.

What's not to like about 'Baker Street'? Rafferty has a cool vocal delivery but Raphael Ravenscroft's saxophone riff is definitely the icing on the cake.Take a listen to the AM radio gold below and enjoy.

Sometimes a song is covered and a band absolutely nails it. The Foo Fighter's featured a cover of 'Baker Street' on their 1997 CD single for 'My Hero'. I've included it below as an added bonus.

TonyDoug Wright is The Lost Soul of Rock and Roll and is also the head writer and owner of Champion City Comics. Follow him @TonyDougWright on Twitter.

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