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Gerry Rafferty RIP

The Geoff

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Sorry to hear this. Rafferty & I were contemporaries in the Paisley music scene - same age. I first came across him when he was front for The Maverix and they & my band (The Original Corvettes - search for them on Youtube) appeared in the local Renfrewshire heats of the Daily Record MacBeat Competition (Scotland's answer to The Beatles!!!) in Paisley Town Hall in, I think, 1964 where they won the heat & we didn't(!).


He undoubtably felt the influence of his environment especially in Stealer's Wheel album 'Ferguslie Park' (where I taught for several years).


My last info was from a mutual friend who told me that his health was 'wrecked', but I hadn't realised it was that far gone.


RIP Gerry.



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Geoff, sorry to hear that this is a personal loss for you.


I remember how joyful I was as a teenager any time his music came on the radio. Whether on the school bus or at home. I would even call his songs in as requests.


I thought of Stealer's Wheel as almost a marriage of Jethro Tull, Cat Stevens, and Steely Dan. In later years though, I had trouble tracking down (in stores -- I don't often order on-line) recordings.

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