Rab Noakes dead: Stealers Wheel founder and songwriter dies ‘suddenly in hospital’ aged 75

Tributes have flooded in online as Stuck In The Middle With You hitmaker, Rab Noakes died at the age 75. The Scottish singer, founder of the band Stealers Wheel, was said to have died suddenly in the hospital, according to reports.

Musician Barbara Dickson announced his death on Friday.

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She said earlier today: “My dear and old friend Rab Noakes has died suddenly in hospital today.

“I am shocked. We had so much in common – The Everly Brothers, the Flying Burrito Brothers and an enduring love of songs, particularly traditional music.

“Sleep well, Rab. May you rest in peace.”

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Stealers Wheel founder and lead singer Rab Noakes has died today as tributes poured in from fans (Image: GETTY)

Rab Noakes

Rab Noakes passed away today aged 75 (Image: GETTY)

The star was also a senior music producer at the BBC before setting up his own production company.

Tributes have flooded in for the singer, who enjoyed a stellar music career spanning well over half a century.

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Rab, a founding member of Stealers Wheel, was also a solo artist.

He released more than 20 albums and performed at festivals such as Celtic Connections.

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Rab Noakes received tributes from fans (Image: GETTY)

Rab Noakes

Stealers Wheel Rab Noakes received tributes from fans (Image: GETTY)

BBC Radio Scotland broadcaster Bryan Burnett said: “Such sad news about our own Rab Noakes. A huge loss.

“He hired me at Radio Scotland and as a producer he taught me so much about the country-pop music we both loved.”

Steve Carson, director of BBC Scotland added: “All of us are deeply saddened to hear the news about Rab Noakes.

“His contribution to music in Scotland cannot be overstated, alongside some remarkable programmes he made here at the BBC.



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“Our thoughts are with his family and friends, and with all his fans across the nation.”

Author and long-time pal Val McDermid said she was left “in tears” at the news of Noakes’ death.

“Known and loved this generous, talented, open-hearted man since I was 14, never known a kinder soul. Or a better guitarist,” she said.

“We messaged each other only a couple of days ago and he was his usual upbeat self.

“We were planning to record some tracks together in the New Year. Known and loved him since I was 14.”

Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis said: “An iconic and generous musician, and a gentleman. It was always a joy and an education to be in his company.”

Scottish singer Iona Fyfe described Noakes as “unbelievably kind”.

“Heartbroken to hear of the passing of Rab Noakes,” she said.

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