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Number 296

Joe Egan - Out of Nowhere (Ariola AARL5021)

After playing in a series of bands, singer songwriter Joe Egan teamed up with former school pal Gerry Rafferty to form Stealers Wheel, who had a series of hit records in the early 1970s, notably Stuck in the Middle With You, which Egan co-wrote with Rafferty. After Stealers Wheel folded in the mid-Seventies, the two musicians were contractually obliged not to release any recordings for three years, but eventually Egan was able resume his recording career by releasing a couple of solo albums, this being the first of them and which featured the minor hit single Back on the Road. After Egan's second album failed to impress, he left the music industry to work in publishing. Like Rafferty, Egan is a much missed presence on the music scene.