Walter Egan

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Walter Egan
Born (1948-07-12) July 12, 1948 (age 66)
New York City
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Singer, guitarist, songwriter
Labels Spectra Records

Walter Lindsay Egan (born July 12, 1948, in New York) is an American rock musician, best known for his 1978 gold status hit single "Magnet and Steel" from his album Not Shy, produced by Lindsey Buckingham and Richard Dashut. The song reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #18 on the Easy Listening chart.[1] Overseas, it peaked at #32 on the Australian Singles Chart (Kent Music Report).[2]

Buckingham also co-produced Egan's first album, Fundamental Roll, with Stevie Nicks. "Magnet and Steel", inspired by Nicks,[3] was featured in the 1997 film Boogie Nights, as well as in the 1998 film Overnight Delivery and the 1999 film Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo. Egan also wrote "Hearts on Fire", which was covered by Gram Parsons on his album Grievous Angel, and "Hot Summer Nights", which was the first hit for the band Night, which included such session musicians as Nicky Hopkins and Robbie McIntosh. Egan scored minor hits with his own version of "Hot Summer Nights", as well as "Only the Lucky" and "Fool Moon Fire".[4] Egan later toured as a member of a latter-day version of Spirit[citation needed]

In 1985, Egan was a four time champion on the game show Catch Phrase. In 1986, Egan appeared as a contestant on the television game show Scrabble.[3] During his introduction segment, Egan identified himself as a singer and songwriter. Chuck Woolery asked him if we would know any of his songs, at which point he sang the main hook from "Magnet and Steel". Egan was not the champion that day.[citation needed]

Recent years[edit]

Egan currently resides in Franklin, Tennessee. His album Raw Elegant was released on Spectra Records in 2011. One notable show was in Hollywood, Florida, in August 2009. Egan headlined the 13th annual "Gram Parsons Guitar Pull and Tribute Festival" in Waycross, Georgia, on September 16–18, 2010.

Egan is listed as co-writer on the Eminem hit "We Made You".[5] The song's producer, Dr. Dre, believed he was inspired by the bass line from (and used samples of[citation needed]) Egan's "Hot Summer Nights".


  • Fundamental Roll (1977)
  • Not Shy (1978)
  • HiFi (1979)
  • The Last Stroll (1980)
  • Wild Exhibitions (1983)
  • Walternative (1999)
  • Apocalypso Now (2002)
  • The Meaning of Live (2004)
  • Raw Elegant (2011)
  • Myth America (2014)


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 85. 
  2. ^ bulion (AU staff) (October 22, 2008). "One Hit Wonders" (Internet forum). Retrieved 2011-08-06. 
  3. ^ a b "The Penguin Q&A Sessions: Walter Egan". October 13–26, 1999. Retrieved 2013-05-06. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2000). Top Pop Singles 1955-1999. Menomonee Falls, WI: Record Research. pp. 201, 466. ISBN 978-0-89820-139-0. 
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