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COVER vs ORIGINAL: ‘Baker Street’

The song, “Baker Street”, was originally record by Gerry Rafferty in 1977

Saxophone-heavy pop/jazz/rock classic “Baker Street” was written and performed by British artist Gerry Rafferty (1947-2011) for his second studio album, “City To City”, in 1977. It was released as the second single at the beginning of 1978 and became his first, and to date, his biggest chart hit, reaching No.3 in the UK and No.2 in America as well as topping the chart in Australia, Canada and South Africa. It has sold over five million copies to date, with over a million coming from the United States.


Many other acts have performed the song over the years but the best known, and most successful cover, came in 1992 from covers group, Undercover. Their version was produced by band member Steve Mac, who would later go on to a highly successful career as a songwriter and producer. It was released on Pete Waterman‘s PWL International label in August and this time reached No.2 in the UK, where it became the eleventh biggest selling single of the year. it was also a top ten hit in twenty countries worldwide, although it never saw commercial release in America.

But which version is the best? RAFFERTY’s original or UNDERCOVER’s cover?

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