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Stealers Wheel (Correctly spelled without an apostrophe in front of the “s”) was a British folk/rock band formed in Paisley, Scotland in 1972 by former school friends Joe Egan (born 1944) and Gerry Rafferty (born 1947).
In the beginning of the 70s the band was considered as the British version of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and, after two unsuccessful singles, came to worldwide fame with their hit “Stuck in the Middle With You”. The track in the style of Bob Dylan and the Beatles reached the top ten of the single charts in Great Britain and the US in 1973 – number 6 in the USA, number 8 in UK – and sold over one million copies on a worldwide basis. Some years later a dance version was a UK Top 10 hit for Louise; the music video for this version of the song drew heavily upon the new reputation it had following its appearance in Reservoir Dogs, though obviously in a sanitised way. The first two albums were produced by the well-known Leiber & Stoller, the last because of disagreements and managerial problems by Mentor Williams. All three had particularly striking, slightly surrealist sleeve designs by artist John Patrick Byrne.
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