Right Down the Line

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"Right Down the Line"
Right Down the Line - Gerry Rafferty.jpg
Single by Gerry Rafferty
from the album City to City
B-side "Waiting for the Day"
Released August 1978
Format 7"
Recorded 1977, Chipping Norton Recording Studios, Oxfordshire, UK
Genre Rock, soft rock
Length 3:33
Label United Artists
Songwriter(s) Gerry Rafferty
Producer(s) Hugh Murphy, Gerry Rafferty
Gerry Rafferty singles chronology
"Baker Street"
"Right Down the Line"
"Home and Dry"
"Baker Street"
"Right Down the Line"
"Home and Dry"

"Right Down the Line" is a song written and recorded by Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty. Released as a single in the summer of 1978, it reached #12 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100[1] and #8 on Cash Box.[2] It was the second release from Rafferty's City to City LP as the follow-up to his first major hit as a solo artist, "Baker Street".

"Right Down the Line" was a bigger adult contemporary hit, spending four nonconsecutive weeks at number one in the U.S.[3] In Canada, the song reached number five on both the pop singles and adult contemporary charts.

Chart performance[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

Bonnie Raitt covered the song in 2012, including it in her Slipstream album. Lucius covers the song on their 2018 release, Nudes.


  1. ^ a b "Billboard > Artists / Gerry Rafferty > Chart History > The Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Cash Box Top 100 10/28/78". tropicalglen.com. 1978-10-28. Retrieved 2016-12-11. 
  3. ^ a b http://www.billboard.com/charts/adult-contemporary/1978-11-04
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 245. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  5. ^ a b c Tsort. "Song artist 809 - Gerry Rafferty". 
  6. ^ RPM Adult Contemporary, December 9, 1978
  7. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-12-11. 
  8. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X. 
  9. ^ "Cash Box YE Pop Singles - 1978". tropicalglen.com. 30 December 1978. Retrieved 2016-12-11. 

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