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FlinterFile: Steely Dan- Do It Again

Steely Dan made their debut in the charts with this song in 1972. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Donald Fagen- I.G.Y. (What A Beautiful World)

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In 1982, Donald Fagen released the first single from his first solo album, on which it is the first song. Donald Fagen was one of the leaders of Steely Dan, where he (co-)wrote Rikki Don’t Lose That Number and Reeling In The Years, among others. The title of his first solo single, I.G.Y., refers to the International Geophysical Year, which was from July 1957 to December 1958. Donald Fagen thought of the people in that year, and wrote about their positive view on the future. It peaked on number 26 in the US, and was even nominated for the Grammy for the song of the year (though not winning it, the winner was Always On My Mind, performed by Willie Nelson). Enjoy

Donald Fagen- I.G.Y. (What A Beautiful World)

Song of the day: Michael McDonald- Sweet Freedom

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In 1986, Michael McDonald (Steely Dan, the Doobie Brothers) scored one of his solo hits. The first one had been a duet with Patti Labelle, and this one was made for the movie Running Scared. It was written not written by Michael McDonald himself, as most songs were, but by Rod Temperton, who had previously written for Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones. The song hit number 7 in the UK and number 12 in the US. Enjoy

Michael McDonald- Sweet Freedom

Song of the day: Steely Dan- Reeling In The Years

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Steely Dan was a big band in the seventies, and they had a big hit in 1973. The song would peak on number 11 in the US, so quite a hit too. It was written by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, two of the members of Steely Dan. The song features a great guitar solo, one which was the favourite of Jimmy Page (Led Zep). Apart from the solo, the whole song is just great! Enjoy

Steely Dan- Reeling In The Years