16 April 1947, Paisley, Scotland. The lengthy career of the reclusive Rafferty started as a member of the Humblebums with Billy Connolly and Tam Harvey in 1968. After this units demise through commercial indifference, Transatlantic Records offered him a solo contract. The result was Can I Have My Money Back?, a superb blend of folk and gentle pop music, featuring one of the earliest cover paintings from the well-known Scottish artist Patrick (playwright John Byrne). Rafferty showed great promise as a songwriter but the album was a commercial failure.
Raffertys next solo project came after an interruption of seven years, four as a member of the brilliant but turbulent Stealers Wheel, and three through litigation over managerial problems. Much of this is documented in his lyrics both with Stealers Wheel and as a soloist. City To City in 1978 raised his profile and gave him a hit single that created a classic song with...
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