One of our great singer-songwriters, Gerry was still earning £80,000 a year from his biggest hit, ‘Baker Street’ 30 years after its release. Today we go. not with that, but with the song he wrote about his mother.
Rafferty was born in Paisley, near Glasgow, an unwanted third son. His father, Joseph, was an Irish-born miner. His mother, Mary Skeffington, whose name would provide a Rafferty song title, dragged young Gerry round the streets on Saturday nights so that they would not be at home when his father came back drunk. They would wait outside, in all weathers, until he had fallen asleep, to avoid a beating. "If it wasn't for you, I'd leave," Mary told Gerry. Joseph died in 1963, when Gerry was 16. [Source]
Mary Skeffington Gerry Rafferty
Thanks, Gerry. You were a master.