On this day in music history: January 20, 1978…

On this day in music history: January 20, 1978 – “City To City”, the second album by Gerry Rafferty is released. Produced by Hugh Murphy, it is recorded at Chipping Norton Recording Studios in Chipping Norton, Oxon, UK, Marquee Studios, and Berwick Studios in London from Spring – Fall 1977. It is the Scottish born singer and songwriter’s first solo release in more than six years (and first recording of any kind since 1975) due to commitments to his former band Stealer’s Wheel, and legal issues that prevent him from recording. Once released, “City” is hugely successful, spinning off three singles including the albums’ centerpiece “Baker Street” (#2 Pop), which Rafferty selects as the first single over the initial objection of his label United Artists Records who prefer the title track. According to music publishing society BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated), by 2010 “Baker Street” has been spun on radio over five million times. The album is remastered and reissued as a 180 gram vinyl LP in 2010 by Friday Music. In 2011, it is reissued as a double CD deluxe edition, with the second disc featuring the original demo recordings of several songs. “City To City” spends one week at number one on the Billboard Top 200, ending the twenty-four week run at the top for the “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.