Wednesday, July 10, 2024

R.I.P.: Joe Eagan, Co-Founder of Group Stealer's Wheel

Joe Eagan
Joe Egan, a key member of Stealers Wheel and co-creator of the band’s biggest hit, has died at age 77.

Egan, a Scottish folk-rocker, co-wrote the 1970s radio hit “Stuck in the Middle with You” with Gerry Rafferty and shared vocals on the song with Rafferty. The two musicians founded Stealers Wheel in 1972, charting with “Stuck in the Middle with You” in the UK and parlaying the single into a top 10 success on the Billboard charts in the United States. “Stuck in the Middle With You” also was featured in the 1992 Quentin Tarantino movie “Reservoir Dogs,” prompting a major resurgence of the song and another wave of fame.

Egan’s death was confirmed via a July 7 post on the official Facebook page for Rafferty, who died in 2011 at age 63. The page is run by Rafferty’s daughter, Martha Rafferty.

“Very sad news that the other half of Stealers Wheel, Joe Egan, passed away peacefully yesterday afternoon with his nearest and dearest around him,” the Facebook post said. “I will always remember him as a sweet and gentle soul. May he rest in peace.”

No other details were provided, including the cause of death.

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