If there was ever a song that deserved to be number one on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart, it was “Baker Street” by Gerry Rafferty. Released April 22, 1978, it spent six weeks in the number two position.
Rafferty was the co-leader of the pop group, Stealers Wheel, before establishing a solo career.
“Baker Street” was just about the perfect single as it was carchy, contained a good vocal, had an excellent sax sound floating above the mix, and made you want to hear the song over and over again.
Despite releasing some quality, if somewhat underappreciated material down through the years, he was never able to match this one brilliant single.