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Posted at 1:53 PM ET, 01/ 8/2011

Gerry Rafferty, 'Stuck in the Middle' songwriter

By Matt Schudel
Matt Schudel

Gerry Rafferty, a Scottish singer-songwriter who, as a member of the '70s band Stealers Wheel, co-wrote the hit song "Stuck in the Middle With You," died Jan. 4 at the age of 63.

Rafferty retired from the limelight many years ago and had a drinking problem, but his two big hits -- the other one was "Baker Street," with a memorable yet syrupy sax solo -- were emblematic of the era in which they were written. Some reports indicated that Rafferty made $125,000 a year in royalties from "Baker Streeet" alone.

Here he is singing "Stuck in the Middle":

By Matt Schudel  | January 8, 2011; 1:53 PM ET
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