Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Help Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version. Add links. United Artists. New Zealand . South Africa Springbok Radio . US Billboard Hot . US Billboard Adult Contemporary . And he certainly got that. The liner notes to the compilation album Right Down the Linewritten by Jerry Gilbert with Rafferty's close co-operation, note his consistent refusal to tour the United States and "generally 'play the industry game'.
His background was soaked in Scottish socialism and poverty, his mind sharp and his personality acerbic, and he wasn't going to be dazzled by the glamour of success. Rafferty never changed his mind about the music business; if anything, his views hardened. Inhe told the Paisley Daily Express that the second Stealers Wheel album, released inhad been named Ferguslie Parkafter a deprived  area of Paisley, "to get as far away as possible from all the bullshit of the music industry in London.
Inyear-old Rafferty met year-old Carla Ventilla, an apprentice hairdresser from an Italian family in Clydebankat a dancehall—a story he later recounted in the song "Shipyard Town" on North and South. They Right Down The Line in and lived in Scotland with their daughter, Martha Mary, before moving to the south of England in the late s,  where they divided their time between their farm near the Kent — Sussex border and a home in HampsteadLondon.
Rafferty and Ventilla divorced in After the completion of Another World inRafferty planned to move back to Scotland and bought Eaglestone House,  "a substantial listed s mansion" in the Highland village of Strathpeffer although he sold the property two years later and never actually moved in.
Rafferty enjoyed alcohol from a young age,     and early songs, such as "One Drink Down", "Baker Street", and "Night Owl", freely mention the subject. According to Michael Gray, the singer's personal manager in the early s: "It never occurred to me in all the time I knew him that he was heading for alcoholism.
Maybe I should have realised, but I didn't. I'm unsure whether he did. And I don't plan to be in the public eye too much now either. InRafferty was deeply affected by the death of his older brother Joseph, an event from which family and friends said he never fully recovered. In the last decade of his life, having taken pains to shun the fame and celebrity that accompanied his musical achievements, Rafferty found himself making headlines once again as he struggled with alcoholism and depression and the increasingly erratic behaviour they spawned.
His girlfriend Enzina Fuschini said she "felt that he was under some sort of evil spell. He felt crippled by it I saw a man in despair". I would never have left him if there'd been a glimmer of a chance of him recovering. InRafferty moved away from California and briefly rented a home in Ireland, where his drinking soon became a problem again.
Speaking to The Independent newspaper later, the hotel's director commented: "It was such a shame. In person, Mr Rafferty was a really nice man, he kept himself to himself and didn't bother the other guests but he was clearly on a downward spiral. He was in self-destruct mode.
There were conflicting reports about what happened next. The newspaper Scotland on Sunday reported that Rafferty had been asked to leave the hotel and had then checked himself into St Thomas' Hospital suffering from a chronic liver condition, brought on by heavy drinking.
The same report claimed that on 1 AugustRafferty had disappeared, leaving his belongings behind, and that the hospital had filed a missing persons report. On 17 FebruaryThe Guardian reported that Rafferty was in hiding in the south of England, being cared for by a friend. After leaving St Thomas' Hospital, and while claiming he was in Tuscanyhe was moving from one London hotel to another. During this time, he met Enzina Fuschini, an Italian artist living in Dorset.
Rafferty and Fuschini rented a large home together in Uptonnear Poole. In NovemberRafferty was admitted to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital where he was put on a life-support machine and treated for multiple organ failure. After being taken off life support, Rafferty rallied for a short time, and doctors thought that he might recover. The mass was streamed live over the Internet. The eulogy was given by Rafferty's longtime friend John Byrne. His remains were then cremated at the Woodside Crematorium in Paisley  and his ashes scattered on Iona.
Newspapers printed lengthy obituaries for the singer; in The GuardianMichael Gray charted Rafferty's long downward spiral into alcoholism,  while a full-page obituary in The Times summarised his career more positively: "As well as being a singer of considerable talent who at one time had the pop world at his feet, Gerry Rafferty was also a consummate songwriter, blessed with sensitivity and an enviable melodic flair that at its best recalled Paul McCartney.
Other entertainers also paid tribute to Rafferty, with comedian and ex-bandmate Billy Connolly calling him "a hugely talented songwriter and singer who will be greatly missed" and musician Tom Robinson saying, "His early work with Stealers Wheel was an inspiration to a whole generation of songwriters Right Down The Line the 70s, including me. He did it really well and he was respected in both camps, Right Down The Line.
He didn't know how good he was. He was one of the most talented musicians and singers I ever knew but he completely underestimated his own talent. He was a very humble man. The reaction of younger artists suggests Rafferty's music has also inspired a new generation of fans. Shortly after news of the singer's death, Lily Allen tweeted the message "Rest in Peace Gerry x" with a video link to the song, "Right Down the Line", reputedly one of her favourite music tracks.
It makes me think of home, nostalgia and happiness. In NovemberRafferty's hometown of Paisley paid tribute to the singer by naming a street in the Shortroods area "Gerry Rafferty Drive".
Gordon Laurie, director of the housing association behind the project, commented: "It is a fitting tribute to a brilliant musician who lives on through his music. The commemorative Right Down The Line, recorded one year after Rafferty's death, had first been broadcast in February Three of Rafferty's regular support musicians, guitarist Hugh Burns, multi-instrumentalist Graham Preskett and saxophonist Mel Collinswere also featured.
Rafferty had apparently not changed his will after meeting Enzina Fuschini in and left her nothing. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the singer.
For his self-titled album, see Gerry Rafferty album. Scottish singer and songwriter. Rafferty performing at Dublin's National Stadium on 6 September Main article: Gerry Rafferty discography. The Scotsman.
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