Stealers Wheel Co-Founder Joe Egan Passes Away at 77

Stealers Wheel co-founder and songwriter Joe Egan has passed away at the age of 77. The Scottish musician's legacy will live on through his timeless songs, including the classic "Stuck in the Middle With You." He will be deeply missed by fans and fellow musicians.

Joe Egan, one of the co-founders and songwriters of the band Stealers Wheel, has passed away at the age of 77. The Scottish musician, who formed the band with his longtime friend and collaborator Gerry Rafferty, died on July 18th, 2021.

Egan and Rafferty met in the 1960s and began playing music together in local pubs and clubs. They eventually formed Stealers Wheel in 1972, with Egan on vocals and keyboards and Rafferty on vocals and guitar. The band’s unique blend of folk, rock, and pop quickly gained them success, with their debut single “Stuck in the Middle With You” becoming a worldwide hit in 1973.

The song, which Egan and Rafferty co-wrote, has since become a classic and has been featured in numerous films and TV shows. Its popularity was further cemented in 1992 when it was famously used in the iconic ear-cutting scene in Quentin Tarantino’s film Reservoir Dogs.

Stealers Wheel released three albums before disbanding in 1975, with Egan and Rafferty both pursuing solo careers. However, they reunited briefly in 2008 for a one-off performance at a charity event.

Egan continued to write and record music throughout his life, releasing two solo albums in the 1980s and collaborating with other artists. He also worked as a producer and session musician, lending his talents to various projects.

The news of Egan’s passing was confirmed by his family, who released a statement expressing their sadness and asking for privacy during this difficult time. They described him as a “loving husband, father, and grandfather” and a “talented musician who brought joy to many with his music.”

Fans and fellow musicians have taken to social media to pay tribute to Egan and his contributions to music. Many have shared their favorite Stealers Wheel songs and memories of seeing the band perform live.

Joe Egan’s legacy will live on through his music, and he will be remembered as a talented songwriter and musician who helped create some of the most beloved songs in rock history. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this time of mourning.

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