Fly Like An Eagle (as made famous by The Steve Miller Band)

“Fly Like an Eagle” is a song written by Steve Miller for the album of the same name.[1] The song went to number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the week of March 12, 1977, kept from the top spot by “Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)” by Barbra Streisand. The single edit can be found on Greatest Hits (1974–1978). The song has an unusually mellow and “dreamy” feel. It is usually played in tandem with “Space Intro”, but the song also segues into “Wild Mountain Honey”.

The band first performed the song in 1973[2] for the concert at New York City’s Felt Forum venue with The Marshall Tucker Band, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells.[3] The song was re-recorded for the eponymous album released in 1976.[2]

An earlier 1973 version of the song features a more bluesy and less funk-inspired rhythm, and guitar taking the synthesizer parts (albeit with similar delay effects).[4] The lyrics are slightly different, indicating that the place the eagle wants to fly away from is a Native American reservation. The song’s final, funk-inspired album version pays homage to “Slippin’ Into Darkness” by War (1971).

The main guitar hook in the song was first used in a slightly different form on Miller’s 1969 track “My Dark Hour” (which featured Paul McCartney).

The original Steve Miller Band version sold over one million copies.[5] The Seal version sold over 300,000 units as of April 5, 1997, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[6]

Steve Miller — lead vocals, guitar, ARP Odyssey
Lonnie Turner — bass
Gary Mallaber — drums
Joachim Young — B3 organ

Jet Airliner (as made famous by The Steve Miller Band)

“Jet Airliner” is a song composed by Paul Pena and popularized by the Steve Miller Band.

Pena wrote and recorded the song in 1973 for his New Train album.[1] However, due to conflicts between him and his label, New Train was not released until 2000.[2] Miller decided to record “Jet Airliner” for his band’s Book of Dreams album in 1977 after hearing the unreleased album via Ben Sidran, who produced it,[3] and who was formerly in Miller’s band. The Steve Miller band version has lyrics that are slightly different from the Pena original.[4][5] It was concurrently released as a single, and reached #8 on the Billboard chart.[6] In Canada, the song spent two weeks at #3.[7]

On classic rock radio, “Jet Airliner” is generally played in tandem with “Threshold”, the all-synthesizer instrumental that precedes it on Book of Dreams and Miller’s Greatest Hits 1974–78 compilation.

Miller’s performance of the main riff is in turn slightly different from Pena’s original, which has a more funky edge to it. The song is also notable for an early reference to the catchphrase “keep on keepin’ on,” also found in John Lennon’s 1974 song “Old Dirt Road” and in the Bob Dylan songs “Tangled Up in Blue” and “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere.”[4]

The single edit of Miller’s recording features a truncated version of the guitar intro. In addition, one line of the song’s lyrics was altered for radio play; instead of “that I don’t want to get caught up in any of that funky shit goin’ down in the city”, it was changed to “funky kicks.” The single edit was included on the original release of Greatest Hits 1974–78, although the full album version has been used for later reissues of the compilation.

The single edit also had a slightly different mix of Miller’s lead vocal on the song. On the album version, one can often hear Miller breathing into the microphone as he begins singing a line. His breathing was mixed out of the single release.[citation needed]

Rock’n Me (as made famous by The Steve Miller Band)

“Rock’n Me” (also known as “Rock ‘N Me”) is a song by American rock group Steve Miller Band, written by the group’s leader Steve Miller.[2] The song was released as the second single from the group’s ninth studio album Fly Like an Eagle in 1976; Miller also produced the song and album as well as performed on it.[3] The North American release of the single was generally credited to Steve Miller as a person, while the European release was generally credited to the Steve Miller Band as a whole group.

The single achieved lasting commercial and critical success, with the publication Billboard labeling it “an immediate audience grabber”.[3] It became the band’s second #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, where it stayed at the top for one week,[4] and it also topped the RPM Top Singles chart in Canada.[5] In later years, the song has been included in several compilation albums such as 1978’s Greatest Hits 1974-78 and 1991’s The Very Best of the Steve Miller Band.[2]

Miller has acknowledged that elements of “Rock’n Me”, particularly the intro, was a tip of the hat to British group Free’s “All Right Now”. He stated, “Yeah, it’s a tack on the wall for Paul (Kossoff). I did one concert in the two years that I was off the road. I went to London and played with Pink Floyd… it was a big, huge outdoor show so we needed a big rock and roll number that was really going to excite everybody. I just put it together and didn’t think much about it.”[3]

Composed for that kind of pop and rock festival atmosphere,[3] the lyrics and vocals have been labeled as having an ‘every man’ quality to them.[2] It is sung from the point of view of someone frequently traveling while keeping a positive, upbeat attitude. Locations mentioned in the song include the major cities of Phoenix, Arizona, Tacoma, Washington, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Atlanta, Georgia, and Los Angeles, California.

The song is a playable track on the video game Rock Band 2, and featured in Grand Theft Auto V and Tap Tap Revenge 3 for iOS.