|Single by Steely Dan|
|from the album Gaucho|
|Genre||Jazz fusion, soft rock, smooth jazz|
4:44 (7" version)
|Songwriter(s)||Walter Becker, Donald Fagen|
|Steely Dan singles chronology|
According to one reviewer's interpretation, the song "was about a middle-aged man's disappointment with a young lover ("Hey Nineteen, that's 'Retha Franklin / She don't remember the Queen of Soul / It's hard times befallen the Soul Survivors / She thinks I'm crazy but I'm just growing old")."
"Hey Nineteen" peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1981, #11 Adult Contemporary, and #68 on the R&B Singles chart. With a chart run of 19 weeks, "Hey Nineteen" is tied with "Peg" and "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" for being their longest-running chart hit.
- Donald Fagen – electric piano, synthesizer (solo), vocals
- Walter Becker – bass, guitar
- Hugh McCracken – guitars
- Rick Marotta – drums
- Victor Feldman, Steve Gadd- percussion
- Frank Floyd, Zack Sanders – backup vocals
- Layman, Will. Jazz Today: The Strange, Mixed Fate of Steely Dan (April 10, 2006). Accessed July 31, 2006. Archived June 15, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
- Steely Dan USA chart history, Billboard.com. Retrieved May 28, 2012.
- Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 228.
- Allmusic. (((Gaucho > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles))). Accessed July 31, 2006.