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Scotland Goes Pop! (4)

Stuck in the Middle was described by Paul Simon as the finest pop song ever written. Certainly it has travelled well down three and a half decades and still sounds fresh even if it is the squillionth time you’ve heard it. Stealers Wheel were originally Gerry Rafferty, Joe Egan, Rab Noakes and Ian Campbell who were sent to London by their management company to become Britain’s answer to Crosby Stills Nash and Young. before recording anything Noakes and Campbell had quit. After recruiting new musicians and recording an album, by the time Stuck in the Middle was released, Rafferty had also (temporarily) returned north and quit. This video sees Egan miming to Rafferty’s original vocal. Stealers Wheel recorded another two albums after the eponymous first album but they were both with Rafferty (by then returned) and Egan as the only band members with session musicians brought in. After their management company went bust legal wrangles meant that Rafferty and Egan went their separate ways. Rafferty took three years out during which time he wrote the songs for his multi platinum solo album City to City.

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