The Guardian obituary has him born on 16 April 1947 and dead on 4 January 2011. I recall his smash Baker Street from the far-off and fabulous summer of 1978. It came over the car radio in my quondam girl friend's Toyota many times as we drove from Boston, Mass to Dayton, O to secure me an apartment there. I hated leaving the Athens of America for the dreary Midwest, but I had landed a tenure-track job and one goes where the jobs are. In retrospect, I was extremely lucky to get that job. Was I the best of the 100 people who applied for it? Not even I believe that.