it was the early summer of 1978. me and two college buds went on the standard post-grad trip across the country. times being what they were and the vehicle being what it was, there was no tape player (certainly no CD or mp3 players) so we relied on THE RADIO for our musical nourishment. Regardless of the city we visited every station was playing a new song by the unknown artist Gerry Rafferty, whom we later discovered was the lead behind Steelers Wheel (stuck in the middle with you). Baker Street was getting massive airplay. The song itself struck a chord due to the simple yet excellent sax work of Raphael Ravenscroft – whose name now sounds as if it represented the house of Hufflepuff.
Gerry Rafferty went on to have a few more hits but none as penetrating as Baker Street. Gerry’s untimely passing at age 69 last week is sad, but never let it be said the he did not leave a small musical legacy for the world to enjoy.