Additionally, it hit 1 in Canada , No. In October , the song was recognised by BMI for surpassing five million performances worldwide.
Named after Baker Street in London, the song was included on Rafferty's second solo album, City to City , which was Rafferty's first release after the resolution of legal problems surrounding the formal break-up of his old band, Stealers Wheel , in In the intervening three years, Rafferty had been unable to release any material because of disputes about the band's remaining contractual recording obligations.
Rafferty wrote the song during a period when he was trying to extricate himself from his Stealers Wheel contracts; he was regularly travelling between his family home in Paisley and London, where he often stayed at a friend's flat on Baker Street. As Rafferty put it, "everybody was suing each other, so I spent a lot of time on the overnight train from Glasgow to London for meetings with lawyers.
I knew a guy who lived in a little flat off Baker Street. We'd sit and chat or play guitar there through the night. Rafferty was reading the book, which explores ideas of alienation and of creativity, born out of a longing to be connected, at this time of travelling between the two cities.
Rafferty claimed that he wrote the hook with the original intention that it be sung. Ravenscroft remembered things differently, saying that he was presented with a song that contained "several gaps". Distributed in Eire by Sony Music. Made in England Standard Jewel case.
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