Peg (song)

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Single by Steely Dan
from the album Aja
B-side "I Got the News"
Released November 1977
Format Single
Recorded 1977
Genre Jazz-rock, soft rock,[1] disco, funk rock
Length 3:57
Label ABC
Writer(s) Walter Becker, Donald Fagen
Producer(s) Gary Katz
Steely Dan singles chronology
"Haitian Divorce"
"Deacon Blues"
Aja track listing
"Deacon Blues"
"Home at Last"

"Peg" is a song by American rock group, Steely Dan, first released on the band's 1977 album titled Aja. The track was released as single in 1977 and reached #11 on the US Billboard chart in 1978 and #8 on the Cash Box chart.[2] In Canada, "Peg" spent three weeks at #7 during March 1978.[3]

Like many of their songs, it is a blend of rock, jazz and R&B; the song also incorporates disco into this blend. The song's guitar solo was attempted by seven top studio session guitarists ‒ including Robben Ford ‒ before Jay Graydon's version became the "keeper".[4] He worked on the song for about six hours before the band was satisfied.[5]

Michael McDonald can be heard providing multi-tracked backup vocals in the choruses, and keyboardist Paul Griffin can also be heard improvising background vocals in the final chorus and fadeout.[4]

"Peg" was heavily sampled on the 1989 De La Soul song, "Eye Know". In 2007, the song was covered by Nerina Pallot.


Chart (1978) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 [6] 11
U.S. Cashbox Chart [7] 8
Canadian RPM Singles [3] 7

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1978) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[8] 62
Canadian RPM Singles[9] 67