1: Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty

NeilTop 30 - One Hit Wonders

Entered Charts: 10 May 1978
Entry Point: 29
Highest Chart: 2
Weeks In: 15
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“Winding your way down on Baker Street, light in your head and dead on your feet. Well, another crazy day, you’ll drink the night away and forget about everything.”

It takes 41 seconds to get to these first lyrics and what a wonderful 41 seconds it is! A brilliant introduction and an outstanding song.

Written at a time when Gerry Rafferty was trying to extricate himself from his Stealers Wheel commitments, he would visit London from his native Paisley and stay with a mate who had a small flat on Baker Street in London.

Apart from his success with Stealers Wheel, this was the only time that Rafferty troubled the chart managers here in Australia.

A little known fact is that Rafferty’s first foray into the music industry was as one-half of a duo called the Humblebums, with his musical partner being none other than Billy Connolly – the same Billy Connolly who went onto become much more famous for his ability to make people laugh.

Everyone knows Baker Street but it’s time to stop and salute it as the number one song in the Radio Ga Ga One Hit Wonders Top 30 Countdown.

And under the heading of “no rest for the wicked”, tomorrow we start our next Radio Ga Ga Top 30 Countdown – this time focusing on songs that surprising DIDN’T make the top 40 in Australia.

See you tomorrow for the Honourable Mentions!