Billy Connolly Knew Former Bandmate Gerry Rafferty Had A Drinking Problem

08/23/2011
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(Rock News Desk) Comedian Billy Connolly, who was Gerry Rafferty's bandmate in folk duo the Humblebums, tried to address the Baker Street writer's drinking problem ten years before it killed him.

Rafferty is remembered for creating a number of pop-rock compositions including 1972′s Stuck in the Middle With You with Stealers Wheel and 1978 solo album City to City. He died at the age of 63 in January after a battle with alcoholism which began in his early years. He lost control of the condition in the 1980s and appeared in the press a number of times after trashing hotel rooms, ending up in hospital and even disappearing for a time in 2008.

Now Connolly, who's believed to have funded an unsuccessful stay in rehab for his bandmate, reveals a discussion they had about Rafferty's drinking a decade ago. more on this story

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