Fly Like an Eagle (song)
|"Fly Like an Eagle"|
|Single by Steve Miller Band|
|from the album Fly Like an Eagle|
|Genre||Psychedelic rock, space rock, progressive rock, art rock|
|Length||3:00 (single version)
4:42 (album version)
|Steve Miller Band singles chronology|
|"Fly Like an Eagle"|
|Single by Seal|
|from the album Space Jam soundtrack|
|Released||November 21, 1996|
|Genre||R&B, space rock, funk rock, psychedelic rock|
|Label||ZTT / Warner Bros.|
|Producer(s)||Rashad "Ringo" Smith|
|Seal singles chronology|
"Fly Like an Eagle" is a song written by Steve Miller for the album of the same name. 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".
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). The lyrics are slightly different, indicating that the place the eagle wants to fly away from is a Native American reservation.
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 Neville Brothers covered this song on their album "Family Groove" in 1992. Steve Miller played some guitar parts on this version.
The artist Seal covered this song for the Space Jam soundtrack, even sampling Steve Miller's original "Space Intro" parts in the song's chorus. This version peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 13 on the UK Singles Chart and number 2 on the Canadian RPM 100 Chart. The single was his first top ten since 1995's "Kiss from a Rose".
Phish covered the song at its New Year's Eve show in the early minutes of January 1, 2013.
Lord Finesse sampled this track.
Biz Markie samples the song in his 1986 hit, “Nobody Beats the Biz”.
|End of year chart (1997)||Position|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||79|
In 2012, "Fly Like an Eagle" was chosen as the best-ever song about birds by Birds & Blooms Magazine. "We’re not at all surprised by the popularity of Steve Miller's Fly Like An Eagle with our readers," said Birds & Blooms' editor Stacy Tornio in a press release. "It’s an iconic song for the iconic American bird." Other notable songs on the Birds & Blooms' list were Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird" and the Beatles' "Blackbird". Osbourn High School (Manassas, Virginia) has used this song for their warning bell.
- Steve Miller, Fast Focus interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auDvx3Xu4JY
- Steve Miller Band - Fly Like An Eagle, live 1973 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9G5BQc-G_Y
- "Groovology overview". Allmusic.com.
- "Groovology Ed Hamilton". JazzTimes.com.
- "Billboard Top 100 - 1997". Retrieved 2010-08-28.
- Steve Miller’s ‘Fly Like an Eagle’ Voted Best Song By Bird Lovers http://ultimateclassicrock.com/steve-miller-fly-like-an-eagle-voted-best-bird-song-by-bird-lovers/