a brilliant song writer has been died.
The last few years had been difficult for Rafferty, as he struggled to stay out of the spotlight while shooting down false reports of his early demise. Rafferty was the product of a rough childhood and struggled with alcoholism throughout his life, which undoubtedly contributed to the liver failure Rafferty suffered in his last year. Even though he'd been out of the public eye, every time music fans hear "Baker Street" in a supermarket or classic rock station, they don't hesitate to think, "Damn, that sax solo is amazing."
Rafferty's classic record "Baker Street" — renowned worldwide for its distinctive haunting saxophone solo — climbed to No. 3 in the U.K. and No. 2 in the U.S. music charts in 1978. It still achieves considerable airplay on radio stations.
After initially cutting his teeth as a busker, Rafferty appeared with Scottish comedianin folk group the Humblebums and released a solo record before founding .