Music icon Joe Egan dies: heartbroken fans pay tribute to Stealers Wheel legend

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9 Jul 2024, 11:11

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Singer-songwriter Joe Egan, known for Stealers Wheel's Stuck In The Middle With You, has passed away at 77, leaving fans to mourn an 'underrated songster'.

Fans are mourning the loss of Stealers Wheel co-founder Joe Egan, who has died at the age of 77.

The Scottish singer-songwriter, best known for co-writing the 1973 hit Stuck In The Middle With You, has left an indelible mark on the hearts of music lovers everywhere.

Egan and his bandmate Gerry Rafferty struck gold with their rock band Stealers Wheel, giving us a tune that not only charted at number eight in the UK but also found a lasting legacy in Quentin Tarantino's cult classic, Reservoir Dogs.



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The song’s catchy riff and unforgettable lyrics have made it a timeless piece that fans still belt out today.

The heartbreaking news was shared via the official Gerry Rafferty Facebook page, managed by a family member, on Sunday, July 7.

The post tenderly remembered Joe as a 'sweet and gentle soul,' and read: “Very sad news that the other half of Stealers Wheel, Joe Egan, passed away peacefully yesterday afternoon with his nearest and dearest around him.

"I will always remember him as a sweet and gentle soul. May he rest in peace.”

Tributes from fans poured in, flooding the comments section with heartfelt messages.

One fan poignantly noted: “Rest in peace Joe.. another talented chunk of Scotland’s musical history now gone to heaven..

"Where hopefully he will be reunited with his old partner. The music remains on this planet.. So keep playing it everyone, it deserves to be heard.”

Another fan echoed the sentiment of many, writing: “Two great talents, now gone but we have their work to remember them by. RIP Joe, now you’re home with Gerry.”

The bond between Joe and Gerry, both in life and music, was a recurring theme in the tributes, highlighting the duo’s formidable talent and the impact of their work.

Reflecting on Joe’s solo career, one admirer shared: “A greatly underrated songster in his own right. Joe’s solo work is amongst my favourite music. I’m really saddened to hear this news. His music lives on x.”

Another fan recounted a personal encounter with Joe, saying: “A couple of years ago, at a mutual friend's house, I had the pleasure of meeting and sitting with Joe.

"We played and sang some of his songs, something I'll never forget. What a gentleman.”

The duo's influence on the music scene extended beyond their hit single.

Stealers Wheel released three albums—Stealers Wheel, Ferguslie Park, and Right Or Wrong—before disbanding in 1975.

Joe then ventured into a solo career, producing two albums, Out Of Nowhere and Map, before stepping away from the limelight.

Despite the end of Stealers Wheel, Joe and Gerry remained close until Gerry’s death in 2011.

Their enduring friendship and collaborative spirit left a legacy that fans continue to celebrate.

As we bid farewell to Joe Egan, we remember him not only for his contributions to Stealers Wheel but for the sweetness and gentleness that characterised his life and music.