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  chart during the week of March 12, 1977, kept from the top spot by " Billboard Hot 100 Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)" by Barbra Streisand. The single edit can be found on . 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". Greatest Hits (1974–1978)
Background [ edit ]
The band first performed the song in 1973
for the concert at New York City's  Felt Forum venue with The Marshall Tucker Band, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells. The song was re-recorded for the eponymous album released in 1976.  
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 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
Reception [ edit ]
The original Steve Miller Band version sold over one million copies.
The Seal version sold over 300,000 units as of April 5, 1997, according to  Nielsen SoundScan. 
Personnel [ edit ]
Chart performance [ edit ]
Weekly singles charts [ edit ]
Year-end charts [ edit ]
Billboard Hot 100  28
Cash Box  50
Seal version [ edit ]
Twenty years after Steve Miller's original version, British artist
Seal covered "Fly Like an Eagle" for the , even sampling Miller's original "Space Intro" parts in the song's chorus. This version peaked at number 10 on the Space Jam soundtrack , number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 UK Singles Chart and number two on the Canadian . The single was his first (and, as of 2017, his last) top ten since 1995's " RPM 100 Chart Kiss from a Rose".
Background [ edit ]
According to Seal, the
executive producer of the Space Jam soundtrack, Dominique Trenier, asked him to record it. D'Angelo, who was managed by Trenier, played keyboards on the song. Seal has said that Steve Miller approved of the cover version and at one point called him "thanking me and saying that was the best cover of the song that he had heard." 
Weekly charts [ edit ]
Year-end charts [ edit ]
Canada Top Singles (
RPM)  47
Billboard Hot 100  79
Other cover versions [ edit ]
Biz Markie samples the song in his 1986 song, "Nobody Beats the Biz", that was released on his debut album (1988). Goin' Off
EPMD sampled the song in the song, "You're A Customer", from the album Strictly Business (1988). The British dance project
Habit released a groovy version of the song as a single (1990) and on their album "Precious" (1991). The song was sampled by
Vanilla Ice for his single " Rollin' in My 5.0" (1991). Ice has performed "Fly Like an Eagle" as a guest performer during Steve Miller Band shows.
The Neville Brothers covered this song on their album Family Groove in 1992. Steve Miller played some guitar parts on this version. Religious gospel singer
Yolanda Adams covered the song and did the medley from recorded in 1995. More Than a Melody
Polvo covered the song live, introducing it with 'This is a song about blatant localism'. In 1998, guitarist Ed Hamilton covered the song from his album
Groovology.   American
nu metal band Limp Bizkit reference the song's hook on their song "Crushed", which featured on the soundtrack of the film (1999). End of Days
City High sampled the song in their unreleased remix of the song "City High Anthem" in 2002.
Phish covered the song at its New Year's Eve show in the early minutes of January 1, 2013.
Lord Finesse sampled this track. A part of the vocals was sampled by
Nate Dogg in Xzibit's song "Been a Long Time" on the album (2000). Restless
Portugal. The Man covered the song for the French radio station Mouv'.
Additional information [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
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