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Farewell Gerry

Simon Mayo | 07:30 UK time, Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Very sad news about Gerry Rafferty last night. He made some wonderful songs and I always loved his mellow Paisley vocals. "City to City", "Night Owl" and "Snakes and Ladders" were terrific albums and he was a fine producer too, working on the Proclaimers 'Letter from America'. I'm sure many shows will pay tribute today but let's play lots of Gerry Rafferty tonight anyway. Your favourite song (Stealers Wheel and Humblebums included) and why, would be a fitting way to mark his passing on the show tonight.


Enjoyed being back on Drive last night and loved speaking to Brian Cox again. He's one of those easy, natural communicators and an enthusiast that might even make you buy a telescope. Nice one Prof. Today we welcome Jenny Eclair, comedian and jungle veteran to the studio. She's off doing a tour and being generally grumpy. Jenny with us just after 6.


The decorations are still up here and the tree is hanging on for 12th Night. This is partly due to observing tradition but mainly it's laziness. And any moment now the lights will ping, the balls shatter and the cards turn brown with age. This really isn't good enough. As soon as the school run is over...

Hope you have a comfy and well-supported day, see you after 5.


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  • Comment number 1.

    Morning Simon,

    Can I be cheeky (after my two mentions yesterday)and ask for


    Thank you,

    Mcw x

  • Comment number 2.

    Simon, you make your house sound like something out of Great Expectations!

    My decorations came down on 2nd Jan. I can't bear them hanging around.

  • Comment number 3.

    Morning Simon

    Can you also find time to squeeze in a tribute to Japan's Mick Karn, who lost his battle against cancer yesterday, aged just 52.

    RIP Mick.


  • Comment number 4.

    Good Morning again.

    Suggest BAKER STREET of course.





  • Comment number 5.

    Good morning again from me too!

  • Comment number 6.

    I am sacrificing my swim this evening in favour of going home and de-decorating ChezNic. The tree decs will be put back in their boxes, the tinsel stashed, the cards taken down and the advent calendar out for recycling.

    Feel really tired today. Pub quiz last night was not the greatest: the questions get more and more obscure every week. Last night we even had a picture round on World Bridges (and there was no mention of Jeff, Beau or Wayne!) Then when we got home we sat up watching The Ashes until just before 1am. Yes, bleary eyed indeedy!

    Will poop back later for some jolly banter.

    All love


  • Comment number 7.

    2 very sad losses from the world of music.

    Letter from America from the Proclaimers please Simon, NYM and team. Didn't know GR had worked on this.

    Mo x

    PS Trying to come up with a new blog name for 2011. Any suggestions welcome

  • Comment number 8.

    took the decs down on new years day...it's all done by then!

  • Comment number 9.

    Simon, it was lovely to have you back although I have to doubly confess I didn't really miss you since I was out of the country and I jet lagged my way through most of the show. Normal service would be resumed tonight but I shall be absent getting a long overdue hair cut.

    Mo x

  • Comment number 10.

    think I still have 'Baker Street' on a 7" somewhere, be nice to hear


  • Comment number 11.

    Morning All,

    Very sad news

    'Stuck In The Middle With You'

    Hope today is good for everybody

  • Comment number 12.

    Hello Simon and the Drive team.

    Always thought Gerry Rafferty was a splendid name for a muso.
    RIP. He lived his life the way he wanted and had been failing for some time - I think he knew the end was near and really hope his passing was peaceful.

    Looking forward to hearing some GR music on R2 today -hope they leave enough of his work for Drivetime.

    And while I'm here ...

    .. please may I request a tune from JAPAN - I SECOND THAT EMOTION to mark the passing of Andonis Michaelides, aka Mick Karn, their fabulous bass player.

  • Comment number 13.

    #6 Deevs- I, too, did the test match thingy. At two hour intervals overnight. I think I'm in love

  • Comment number 14.

    Good Morning,

    So pleased you are going to play lots of Gerry Rafferty (see my post last night).

    Please may I snuggle in and share STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU with Brandon. Happy memories of dancing to this in the top bar at The Venue nightclub in New Cross.

    #6 Deevs, hope you make it through the day. Suggest you drink copious amounts of tea. Really enjoyed the tea expert on the show last night. He seemed very down to earth. However I waited with bated breath on the milk question. I'm afraid I'm a milk in first kind of girl and always will be.

    #7 How about "Blo Mo"!

    Have a good day.x

  • Comment number 15.

    As there isn't *really* a music theme to bind us in collective mensh chaseage - it occurs that ...

    .. it might be a tad quiet in here today. Any ideas?

    My suggestion would be a game of Cheddar Gorge [as demonstrated in I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue] on the subject of JANUARY.
    One word each; must make sense; [beware cross-posting!]; should end up with a grammatically correct and reasonably coherent sentence. Even better if it's FUNNY

  • Comment number 16.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    Our decorations were put away on Monday, although we still have the wreath on the front door. No reason other than nobody's bothered to take it down yet. And it does look rather pretty...

    I too was saddened to hear of Gerry Rafferty's death. I went to see him in concert once, years ago. A very fine musician, with a warm voice that reminds me of melted chocolate.

    So I'd like to hear RIGHT DOWN THE LINE please. Tweeted it earlier.

    #7 Mo sounds a pretty good name to me. Although I have another friend with a very similar name - she's also called Mo and she has a Scottish surname too. I've nearly got the two of you mixed up on FB a couple of times!

    Deebee X

  • Comment number 17.

    #16 Mo is a shortened version of my "Sunday" name. It just seems very abrupt for on here. I have a very Scottish full name. At least there aren't many of us around ;-)

    #15 are you going to start us off Katy?

  • Comment number 18.

    Morning Simon, Team and fellow Blogpoppets!

    Ken is playing Richard Harris - I am in heaven.

    There have been too many losses recently. Gerry Rafferty is particularly sad. Could I second BAKER STREET please?

    Still lurgified and off work. Feel a bit better than yesterday but still pretty rotten. The goo that is coming out of me classifies as an X file.

    Don't understand the game Katy but happy to play.

    I like 'Blogger Mo'.


  • Comment number 19.

    Morning all

    Just a quick poop in - very busy today.

    Alex-Girl - so sorry to hear you're lurgified again - that's what happened to Mr T; he kept getting better and then it crept up on him again. He seems to be OK now, so fingets crossed you will be too.

    Very sad about Gerry Rafferty - Baker Street conjures up so many memories for me of the first time I left home (all happy ones), so I'll second that choice today.

    Hopefully back later.

    Tortie x

    PS Agree with #8 psl - all decs/cards taken down on the 1st.

  • Comment number 20.

    Good Morning Each! Thia has to be the saddest and most sorrowful theme we have had. Actually, I will rephrase that. Not a theme at all, really, more of an opportunity to pay respect to a fine Scottish singer/songwriter. I deliberately didn't say British. We, south of the border are too prone to claim someone as English, and if they are not English, then British. Gerry was a fine British songwriter, a fine British singer, but he was a proud Scotsman. The intro to the song I'd like to hear seems to capture a bit of this.

    Simon, would you please play 'SHIPYARD TOWN'.

    Rest In Peace, Gerry Rafferty.

  • Comment number 21.

    Can you play Waiting for the Day off City to City please. It show that Gerry could rock out with the best of 'em.

  • Comment number 22.

    Hello, on Terry Wogan's breakfast show he played a song by Gerry for years, one of the most wonderful songs ever recorded by anyone... 'Don't speak of my heart' from his 1993 album On a wing and a prayer (or a more recent compilation 'Life goes on')
    Another song from that album that he played courtesy of his late producer Paul Walters, was Don't give up on me.. another gem.
    I was 11 when Baker Street was in the top 10...and i've been a fan ever since. Pete, Sheffield

  • Comment number 23.

    Hey Simon,

    Sad to hear of Gerry's death. A troubled man, but a hugely gifted songwriter. Please could you play 'Night Owl' my personal favourite. Brings back memories of Uni when I used to listen to it whilst getting ready to go out. Such an evocative song showcasing the best of Gerry's talent.


  • Comment number 24.

    My husband and I did our courting to Gerry Rafferty’s music. Ironically he bought me the City to City/Night Owl double cd this Christmas and we spent much of Christmas morning and the holiday dancing around the kitchen and singing along to this fantastic music. We have been married almost 29 years now and this music has always held very special memories for us. It’s a very sad day!

    Although Night Owl is very popular do you think it would be possible to play either Island (my all time favourite) or Mattie’s Rag (my husband’s favourite) from the City to City cd on the show this evening.

    Hopefully Gerry is at peace now.

  • Comment number 25.

    On hearing the news about Gerry Rafferty this morning I listened to City to City over breakfast.
    When I first met my husband he didn't have a large record collection but he did have this album, it was also one of his dad's favourites. During the first weeks of our relationship we listened to this, red wine in hand, by the fire and had those wonderful conversations you have when getting to know someone for the first time. I requested "Right down the line" on the day we got married and Ken Bruce kindly played it for us.
    That was 10 years ago and 3 children later.
    His songs give me a warm feeling and fill my thoughts with happy memories, which I have enjoyed re-living today.
    A talent missed. Thank you!

  • Comment number 26.

    Please play 'Dangerous Age' from the North and South album. (I've never heard it played on the radio)

    I have yet to come across a song/piece of music that is able to evoke the fire within
    such as this

    Gerry Rafferty's music, and his beautiful words have been a constant source of comfort and inspiration to me since I was 18 years old, and was blown away by Baker Street (I'm 39)

    I have an important interview next week, and am suffering nerves terribly. Once again (and sadly) Gerry Rafferty has come to the rescue ... Radio 2 just played 'Whatever's written in your heart' ... and once again those wonderful words, and incredible music.

    Thankyou Gerry Rafferty; you've given me more than you could possibly ever know -
    Rest in peace, free of any trouble ...

  • Comment number 27.

    I've been a fan of Gerry's since the late 60s when I listened to his "Can I Have My Money Back" album. I have all his albums on CD now, and they are wonderful. One of my favourites is the poignant "Her Father Didn't Like Me Anyway", (which kind of became my signature tune. I was going out with a girl in the early 70s, and when her dad saw the length of my hair, he stopped her from seeing me again). If I had to pick one song though, it would have to be the epic "Don't Speak Of My Heart".

  • Comment number 28.

    Sad loss to the world of music, he always had wonderfully produced material and non better than MOONLIGHT & GOLD. Hope you can play this one

    Gordon Smith

  • Comment number 29.

    Morning all!

    Decorations still up in our house, although the cards have disappeared to the school where Mrs Ward works!

    Probably won't have time to take the tree down until the weekend!

    At this time no U2 track today but "Letter from America" from the Proclaimers would certainly go down well.


  • Comment number 30.

    So very sad to hear about the death of Gerry Rafferty this morning but pleased to hear Radio 2 got tributes on the go - this is my first time on here and it's because of Gerry - again thanks to Radio 2 I first heard this beautiful song, please play it tonight Simon: it's from 'a wing and a prayer' and it's 'Don't speak of my heart.

    ps many years ago I heard the Humblebums in a tiny club place I think it was in Horsham. perhaps I dreamt it, but all these years later I am reminded of that time and that voice. unique sound.

  • Comment number 31.

    Good morning Simon

    Sad to hear the news of Gerry's death. Would love to hear Days Gone Down. Reminds me of first time ice-skating at the local ice-disco (a few years ago now!!) Many thanks. Judith.

  • Comment number 32.

    oooh lots of new names to the blog this morning, how exciting. Welcome to you all.

  • Comment number 33.

    Although the title jars a little considering where I am, I think Garden of England is quite superb. My favourite tune and one befitting the loss of GR would be, "Whatever's Written In Your Heart".

    That's all that matters.

  • Comment number 34.

    Good Morning Simon,

    Sad news indeed, I think it will have a special resonance for those of us of an age to remember Gerry's music as part of the soundtrack of our youth. So much more to it than just 'Baker Street.'If you could, I'd like, 'Whatever's written in your heart' or 'Get it right next time?'

    Anther fantastic singer songwriter from scotland. An idea for programme?
    Maybe it's been done and I missed it?


  • Comment number 35.

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  • Comment number 36.

    When I switched on the radio this morning and heard the news about Gerry I was in tears. As a 8 year old , Baker Street was the first 7 inch single I brought and 2 years later my father took me to see him live at the Royal Albert Hall and what a great experience that was. A few years later when school friends were into Adam and the Ants and the in music of the time, they could not understand my excitement when I had to go to the local record store to obtain Sleepwalking on the day it ws released. Similar at the end of the 80's when North and South was released a fantastic record which did not get the airplay it deserved. Since then I have everyone of Gerry's recordings an unbelievable talent, that will be missed.

    A husband of my friends wife went to University with Gerry's daughter Martha and he managed for my 40th, via Martha to get a signed copy of City to City for me as a surpise gift. It is hanging in our living room now a treasured possession.

    My Favourite tracks include THE ARK and WAITING FOR THE DAY from City to City, THE TOURIST and NIGHT OWL from Night Owl and THE ROYAL MILE and GARDEN of ENGLAND from Snakes and Ladders.

    Gerry, Rest in Peace, you will never be forgotten

    Chris Saunders

  • Comment number 37.

    My late husband,James,dedicated a number of Gerry Rafferty tracks to me over the years.His final dedication 'You Put Something Better Inside Of Me'(from the album Another World)was his request for his funeral.It would be great to hear this track played,in memory of Gerry & James,(in the hope that they will meet).

  • Comment number 38.

    Hi Simon & the team

    Such sad news about Gerry Rafferty, a remarkable artist who will be forever remembered through his music.
    Please can you play "The Right Moment", a haunting poignant song which was relevant to a close family member whom I have since lost.

    Many thanks

    France x

  • Comment number 39.

    Hi Simon

    So sad to hear that Gerry Rafferty has died at only 63.He was such a prolific songwriter. Can you play Right Down the Line,it holds lovely memories for my husband and I, such beautiful words.
    Thanks Linda

  • Comment number 40.

    Very sad to hear the news of Gerry Rafferty's death. As well as being a great songwriter he had a very distinctive voice and I love many of his songs. It was especially pleasing to me that he contributed a great vocal performance on "The way it all starts" from the soundtrack of my all-time favourite film "Local Hero". It would be great if you could play that.


  • Comment number 41.

    A lot of new names here today. Welcome and hope you stick around.

  • Comment number 42.

    Very sad to hear news re.Gerry Rafferty.
    Baker St is "OUR SONG"!It's very evocative and haunting,memories of our first meeting and growing love.We are still going strong today!!!!
    Another great favourite as a request would be, Days gone down(still got that light in your eyes),from City to city.
    His music will be held in our hearts.What a great legacy for his loved ones to know the joy he gave to so many.

  • Comment number 43.

    'Baker Street' was the anthem of the students union at Newcastle Poly - it was the record the Mech Engs and the Intensive Secx got it together on and ultimately led to wedding bells for me and mine.
    RIP Gerry that Sax will always take us back...

  • Comment number 44.

    I have to agree with many of your listeners and ask for STAR - a most underrated classic of the 70s and a Rafferty gem God bless him.

  • Comment number 45.

    Hello everyone, Hello Simon,

    Great to have you back yesterday. Loved the interview with Brian Cox. Can be a weekly guest please?

    Just like to say how sad the loss of Gerry is. Best wishes to his friends and family.

    There was such a lot of fabulous music from him with that distinctive sound. My favourite is Baker Street so I would like to support all other bloggers' proposals for this one.

    #15 What do we have to do Katy?


  • Comment number 46.

    afternoon all
    gerry rafferty songs

    baker street

    get it right next time

    night owl

    stuck in the middle

    bring it all home

    royal mile

  • Comment number 47.

    what about quite life japan as a tribute as well

  • Comment number 48.

    can i

  • Comment number 49.

    make it

  • Comment number 50.

    to 50

  • Comment number 51.

    im off 2 work now happy days everyone

  • Comment number 52.

    Gerry will be very sadly missed. As a singer/songwriter, he was one of the best, in my opinion. My favourite, out of so many great songs that he recorded, is the same one that Tomhalifax and SkylarkK322 requested - "Don't Speak Of My Heart" off "A Wing And A Prayer" album. I heard Terry Wogan playing it many years ago, and it would be lovely to hear it again on the radio. If chosen for your show, may I politely request that you play the entire song without fading early or speaking over any of it as so many DJs have the tendency to do? I hope I'm not asking too much, bearing in mind that it has such a long 'outro'.

  • Comment number 53.

    Afternoon all , aufull news about our music legends passing. Im trying to remember the title of a Gerry Raferty song from 1992 that i really liked. It was one of Simons 'record of the weeks' back in the day. Will come back later when ive had a good think.

    Take care all xx

  • Comment number 54.

    Ive remembered !!!!! (almost as soon as i pressed 'post comment')

    Its was called 'I COULD BE WRONG'

    Go on Simon, dig that one out for me - i dont expect anyone elce will.

    Gill xx

  • Comment number 55.

    Hi Simon, this is on behalf of my dad Brendan who absolutely loves Gerry Rafferty and
    took the news quite badly. just last weekend dad had me looking for City to City
    to put on his ipod. Gerry s music played a big role in our lives and still does he will be sorely missed.

    I would be sooo grateful to you if you played my dads favourite song 'Whatevers written in my heart'
    As his tribute to his favourite musician.

    Thank you from
    Gemma in Belfast

  • Comment number 56.

    Great to see so many new people on the blog today. I hope some of you will stay. I hadn't realised quite how loved Gerry Rafferty was.

    #24 I'd completely forgotten about 'Matty's Rag'. I love that song too - hope Simon plays it.

    Deebee X

  • Comment number 57.

    I love Gerry Rafferty's music and am sad to hear him pass away. It means no more fantastic smooth productions of great songs. I would suggest playing:

    Get it Right next Time
    Moonlight and Gold
    Night Owl
    Right down the Line
    Bring it all home
    Shipyard Town.

    Good on you Simon for spearheading the tribute.

    Mac in Aylesbury

  • Comment number 58.

    Completely forgot DeeBee.....NYC in April! Faberoony. Have you been before? x

  • Comment number 59.

    #58 No, it's my first time Mo. And only my second visit to the States - although the first was to Orlando so that doesn't really count... Have you been? Any tips/recommendations?


  • Comment number 60.

    Will message you on fb DeeBee x

  • Comment number 61.

    Thanks! X

  • Comment number 62.

    Very sad to hear of Gerry Rafferty's death. Have listened to his music since his Humblebum days inspiring me to learn how to play guitar. Was lucky to see him perform with Billy Connolly in the early days - local boy done good! I have the original vinyl Humblebum albums followed by Stealers Wheel and then his own. I sent my husband-to-be the words for 'I Can't Stop Now' (Humblebums) not long after I met him and we've just celebrated 37 years of marriage. So, that song is very special to us - please play it. His music has always been/will always be played in our house. Thank you Gerry.

  • Comment number 63.

    Taking on NOELMC comments at post 40. "The Way it always starts" from the Local Hero soundtrack, brilliant song and brought together my 2 favoritie artists Gerry and Mark Knopfler. It was also great to see Mark play guitar on several tracks of the Another World CD. Perfect Harmony for me.

  • Comment number 64.

    How lovely to see so many people appreciating GR and paying tribute to him x

  • Comment number 65.

    Very sad news about Gerry Rafferty - bad news always seems worse at this time of year.

    I love Gerry's music and for me, Baker Street will always be a favourite, as it its release in 1978 reminds me of my 18th birthday!

    There are so many great tracks by Gerry, but I should love you to play City To City - one of the best and always guaranteed to get you singing along and tapping your feet! (If not dancing!!)

    Thanks Simon! Happy New Year to you

  • Comment number 66.

    Hi Simon, I was very sad to hear about the passing of Gerry Rafferty. I saw him with Billy Connelly as half of ‘The Humblebums’ in Sheffield in 1969 where they were performing in a folk concert. He sang a haunting song called ‘Her Father didn’t like me anyway’. This song (which I now know was written by ‘The Furies’) has stayed with me ever since.

    Any chance you could play it tonight please Simon?

    Heather Godfray

  • Comment number 67.

    Hi Simon

    Please can you play "Don't speak of my heart" in my opinion his finest song, should been a massive hit and always makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.

  • Comment number 68.

    #45 SouthernSofty and AlexG earlier

    Although it's a simple game, it may be best to it for a more 'normal' afternoon. I would hate to interrupt ..
    Like Deebee, I'm really rather moved by some of the fabulous tributes on here from people who wouldn't normally blog - only serves to remind how music can impact on so many lives in a positive way. What a legacy!

  • Comment number 69.

    #50 for gazza


  • Comment number 70.

    Message for Simon & Team -
    ------ to let you know that there are 2 Gerry Rafferty song requests which slipped into yesterday's blog at Numbers #116 & 117

  • Comment number 71.

    #68. I agree Katy. Reading all these messages is moving. Shows how important music is when someone you don't know takes up a residence in your life. I am inspired now to go and find out more about Gerry Rafferty's music.

  • Comment number 72.

    #71 me too Alex. Hope you are feeling better x

  • Comment number 73.

    Just back in and read the tributes and sentiments on here, all very nice

  • Comment number 74.

    Thank you Gerry -

    My girlfriend (who later became my wife ) used to work for Gerry's management company - being a songwriter myself she phoned me up really excited as she was asked to type out the lyrics to his next release - it was the lyrics to Baker Street - she read them over the phone to me ~~~~ mmmm why couldn't i have written such a superb song -
    thank you for all the pleasure your songs have given us over the years Gerry -
    Paula (formally Paul)

  • Comment number 75.

    This is my first time on Simon's blog, and I'm overwhelmed by the tributes payed to Gerry. Wonderful! I echo NOELMC and woodleyblue's comment about "The Way It Always Starts" from "Local Hero" (a great soundtrack on it's own, by the way). In the film, the song is heard on a radio, as Peter Riegert's character talks on the phone. It reprises a little later on in the film. If you get chance, listen to the full song. Beautiful...

    Tony Sharpe[Personal details removed by Moderator]

  • Comment number 76.

    Baker Street reminds me of being 13, my first kiss, my first teenage crush and many happy days in Durham. Gerry Rafferty and his music was part of my teenage years and an inspiration to me on a life long "love of music" journey. For that I thank him!
    Whatever's written in your heart is up there amongst the most beautiful songs of all time.

  • Comment number 77.

    Hi Simon and Team,
    Very Sad to hear of the death of Gerry Rafferty, I have listened to his music for longer than I care to think of! The songs that I like are from his early solo album "Can I have my money back"
    Mary Skeffington (brings back memories of Annie Nightingales Sunday afternoon shows when I heard it played - think it was released as a single)
    Each and Everyone (just really good!)
    But any song by him is good

  • Comment number 78.

    I have glorious memories of Gerry Rafferty's music as it underscored (no pun intended) my teenage years. On Tuesdays we would listen to the chart show and I remember Stealers Wheel "Stuck in the Middle" blasting out of our (illicit) radios as we sat on the playing fields in balmy sunshine. One of my first 45s was Stealers Wheel "Stuck in the Middle" played on our family Dansette and yes, you guessed it - it got stuck in the middle! He was such a wonderful writer and songsmith. Farewell.

  • Comment number 79.

    Gerry provided the soundtrack of my university years in the 80's. I still regularly listen to City to City, Night owl and the underrated Snakes and Ladders regularly. My choice record tonight,because I walked it every day at that time, would have to be Royal Mile.
    Gerrys music should have been much more succesful but he was not into the "promotion" side of the business. Indeed Money and Fame were not Gerry's friends or indeed his motivation.

    God bless Gerry.

    Johnjo, Fife.

  • Comment number 80.

    Reading back I find myself wishing/hoping that Gerry's family would somehow be able to read today's blog. I'm sure they would be overwhelmed and very touched by some of the comments on here.

    Deebee X

  • Comment number 81.

    Such a sad lost but his music will live on.
    Ken Bruce played it this morning 'Whatever is written in your heart'. Well worth another play. BRILLANT.

    chris hurrell

  • Comment number 82.

    Really sad to hear of Gerry's passing. He was a great songwriter and composer. My personal memories include Baker Street, Stuck in the Middle ....but can I please ask for......
    "Shoeshine Boy" from the Humblebums album. It always made me happy to hear it and it will always bring back happy memories of a great musical era made all the richer by Gerry's contributions.
    Phil in Edinburgh

  • Comment number 83.

    I just wanted to thank everyone on here today, for reminding me of some incredible music that Gerry Rafferty has left behind for us all to enjoy. I had no idea that he was involved in the film, Local Hero- I have just listened to 'The Way It Always Starts'. It is indeed a fine song.I think the Nice Young Man on Simon's team has got his work cut out for him today, so many brilliant tracks to choose from.

  • Comment number 84.

    edinblogger - Shoeshine Boy was a classic. It was also recorded by Herman's Hermits.

    If you watch Prof. Brian Cox's programme "Stargazing LIVE" at 8pm on BBC2 tonight, you might just see a new "Star" in the heavens. No prizes for guessing who...

  • Comment number 85.

    Gerry Rafferty - where do I start? Beautiful music, wonderful lyrics, amazing voice... Such a great loss. Maybe 'The Right Moment' should be played as apparently Gerry considered this song one of the best he ever wrote.

  • Comment number 86.

    He will be missed. His music just takes me back to my late teens, can't make up my mind, Ok Baker St or Night owl.

  • Comment number 87.

    Good Afternoon Everybody.

    Such moving tributes. I hope Simon can find the time to read out some of these from the real fans and I agree with Deebee #80. Maybe Simon will point the family this way.

  • Comment number 88.

    On a lighter note - Haven't listened to yesterday's show but have read the blog.

    Congrats. to the 2 stars - Chickster for the menshes and Deebee for the sweepstake and being #1 on the New Year Blog.

    #7 from this am - I like Blogger Mo!

  • Comment number 89.

    Oh! and well done Gazza for #50!

  • Comment number 90.

    Is that Revster at the Epiphany Party?

  • Comment number 91.

    # 90 Yes it is! Tonight! Did I get a mensh? I was on the phone!!!!

  • Comment number 92.

    very sorry to hear about the loss of the great gerry rafferty,star,nightowl&baker street all classics.any chance of playing the superb get it right next time,thanks simon,craig

  • Comment number 93.

    Hi Simon, could I request I Can't Stop Now from The Humblebums. I think this is one of Gerrys' finest love songs. I've lost a family member today, and this is a song that not many of his fans will have heard. Many thanks.

  • Comment number 94.

    #91 More than 1 ! Go iThingy!

  • Comment number 95.

    And could I also request another one please? The Right Moment from the Sleepwaling album. Very poignant lyrics on this one. He never did seem to find The Right Moment.......many thanks.

  • Comment number 96.

    very saddened by the news of Gerry's passing. Not only a fellow Paisley Buddie but from the same district, Ferguslie.

    I recall the story of him at the town's museum back in the 90s for an exhibition by his friend the artist John Byrne. When people discovered he wasn't around they found him outside having a smoke on his own. "Don't really like crowds" said Gerry.

    Well, crowds loved you, my man, and all of Feegie & Paisley mourn.

    So, Father Simon, I respectfully request Night Owl:-

    "I guess I should know better but I can't say no"

    Ah, haven't we all been there, Gerry?


    Greig "The Feg" Martin

  • Comment number 97.

    I hope its going to be ok....it will be the first Bishop's Epiphany Party I have been to....

  • Comment number 98.

    #93 Hi Alan. So sorry for your loss.

  • Comment number 99.

    #93. Alan, I am sorry fir your loss and hope that the lovely words here today will give your family comfort.

  • Comment number 100.

    Enjoy the party Revster!!!

    What exactly happens at an Epiphany party? Do you all have one during the course of the evening? Simon wants to know!


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