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wiseguy182
01-18-2009, 01:59 AM
Gerry Rafferty, who had a big #2 hit in the 70's with Baker Street, has been missing since Aug 1, 2008

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerry_Rafferty

catlover79
01-18-2009, 04:43 PM
Wow, I hadn't heard that. :confused:

nohwheregirl
01-18-2009, 05:30 PM
How totally random. "Right down the Line" is one of my favorite songs.

The only actual "news" article I could find about it was the one they linked to on Wikipedia (http://news.scotsman.com/opinion/Stuck-in-a-battle-with.4352529.jp) from a Scottish outlet. Although I haven't done a Lexis-Nexis search or anything, that seems a little bizzare. Even the article above just sort of mentions the disappearance in passing.

I'm sorry to hear that he's had such a rough battle with alcoholism. Maybe it's not bigger news because people figured his days were numbered anyway? It sounds terrible, but it might be true. It's not like the guy is Paul McCartney, but he's had some pretty big hits.

ETA: To be safe, I also checked Snopes due to the lack of actual news coverage on this. I didn't find any entries.

Scoobiedoo30
01-18-2009, 06:40 PM
That is a long time to be missing

BTO
01-18-2009, 06:53 PM
Gerry Rafferty, who had a big #2 hit in the 70's with Baker Street, has been missing since Aug 1, 2008

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerry_Rafferty

Never trust anything on Wikipedia. Several monthe ago they reported that Adam West of Batman had passed away and we all no that wasn't true.

Scoobiedoo30
01-18-2009, 07:10 PM
see you think is Fake WGN America is saying that theses show's are coming but I don't belive Wikipedia.

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#5 Richie Rich.

Cori aka ChrisSCrush
01-20-2009, 04:30 AM
This seems to be well-known among bloggers but no one else seems to care. Thanks for bringing it up.

Cheryl Harrell
01-20-2009, 05:09 AM
I had never heard this but am sure sorry to hear about it. Hope they find him soon...

crochetbuff
01-21-2009, 11:49 AM
I had never heard this but am sure sorry to hear about it. Hope they find him soon...

Here's another site that talks about this. A couple of commenters claim he's o.k., but who knows? http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/news/general_music_news/gerry_rafferty_still_missing.html

Zoneboy
01-21-2009, 11:59 AM
Never trust anything on Wikipedia. Several monthe ago they reported that Adam West of Batman had passed away and we all no that wasn't true.

Agreed, You can't always trust Wikipedia. I didn't know about Adam West but last month someone reported that John Larroquette had died in a boating accident. That entry was submitted and removed at least 6 times.


Baker Street (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgbGaYTkkPU)

SitcomsAreTheWay
01-23-2009, 08:51 PM
Wikipedia? Anyone can add info on there and in many instances the info is inaccurate. But the name didn't ring a bell until I saw the title, "Baker Street". If he is in fact missing then I hope he'll be found safe and sound.

cmyweb
02-17-2009, 10:39 PM
New blog post: http://unsolveditn.blogspot.com/2009/02/fears-growing-for-missing-baker-street.html

nohwheregirl
02-18-2009, 12:04 AM
Screw the blogs, there's an actual news source on this now, but the article is saying that the internet rumors are just that. Here's the article from The Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/feb/17/gerry-rafferty-in-hiding). He's in hiding being cared for by a friend, according to the author.

cmyweb
02-20-2009, 10:54 PM
Singer Gerry Rafferty has issued a statement to say he is "extremely well" at his house in Tuscany despite rumours that he had gone missing.

It was reported this week that worried friends of the musician thought he had disappeared after he was hospitalised six months ago for liver failure.

In a solicitors' statement, Rafferty said he was still composing and hoped to release an album this year.

The Baker Street singer offered "a personal thank you" to concerned fans.

The Scottish singer and his band Stealers Wheel had a hit in 1972 with Stuck in the Middle with You, a song which became popular again when it was used the film Reservoir Dogs.

Bogus sightings

The Daily Mail reported earlier this week that Rafferty's Stealers Wheel band mate Tony Williams had contacted police about the singer.

He and Rafferty's family had not heard from the singer in over six months after his departure from St Thomas' Hospital London in August 2008.

Rumours circulated on the internet with Rafferty sightings reported in a Bournemouth bed and breakfast and a central London restaurant.

However, Rafferty said he had been at his Tuscan home, just north of Florence, for the last six months.

Hearing of the statement, Williams said: "I'm delighted he's fine."

Rafferty started out as a busker on the London underground and his biggest hit, Baker Street, was based on his experiences there.

The song is still in constant rotation on soft rock music stations around the world, earning Rafferty thousands in royalties.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7896777.stm

Cori aka ChrisSCrush
02-21-2009, 06:02 AM
Thanks, I was worried and now feel better. :)

Cori aka ChrisSCrush
02-23-2009, 10:54 PM
Still glad he is not missing, but am now wondering, did the people who reported it ever really believe he was missing, or did he put them up to it just to see what people would say...like Tom Sawyer eavesdropping on his own funeral? Not to mention for publicity, as he is composing (as opposed to decomposing.) :lol:

angiefan
01-08-2010, 04:06 PM
I haven't heard about that!:eek: No! I never heard that Adam West or John Lauroquette died.

Corkys-Place
01-04-2011, 08:50 PM
Gerry has passed away. :(

"Gerry Rafferty, writer and singer of the hit single Baker Street, the song that revived the popularity of saxophones in rock music in the 1970s, has died, aged 63.

The Scottish musician's family said he died at home with his daughter Martha at his side, after a long battle with an unspecified illness.

Baker Street, Rafferty's classic tale of inner-city blues, was released in 1978 and contained what would become one of the most memorable sax solos in history.

The song reached No. 1 in Australia, No. 2 in the US and No. 3 in the UK"

I know he had batted Alcohol problems during his life and I hope he's finally at peace.

nohwheregirl
01-04-2011, 09:34 PM
Gerry has passed away. :(
Very sad news. :( RIP, Gerry!!!

Cori aka ChrisSCrush
01-05-2011, 05:42 AM
This is so sad. I always loved "Stuck in the Middle with You," and "Baker Street," which always takes me back to summer vacation with friends as a kid.

It seems 2011 isn't starting out any better than 2010. :rip: