Peg (song)

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"Peg"
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"
(1976)
"Peg"
(1977)
"Deacon Blues"
(1977)
Aja track listing
"Deacon Blues"
(3)
"Peg"
(4)
"Home at Last"
(5)

"Peg" is a song by American rock group, Steely Dan, first released on the band's 1977 album entitled 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.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
position
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

Personnel[edit]

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References[edit]