Peg (song)

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"Peg"
Peg single.jpg
Single by Steely Dan
from the album Aja
B-side "I Got the News"
Released November 1977
Format Single
Recorded 1977
Genre R&B, Soft rock[1]
Length 3:57
Label ABC
Songwriter(s) Walter Becker, Donald Fagen
Producer(s) Gary Katz
Steely Dan singles chronology
"Haitian Divorce"
(1976)
"Peg"
(1977)
"Deacon Blues"
(1977)
"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 Aja. The track was released as single in 1977 and reached number 11 on the US Billboard chart in 1978 and number eight on the Cash Box chart.[2] With a chart run of 19 weeks, "Peg" is tied with "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" and "Hey 19" for being their longest-running chart hit. In Canada, "Peg" spent three weeks at number seven during March 1978.[3]

The song's guitar solo was attempted by seven top studio session guitarists ‒ including Robben Ford and recurring guitarist Larry Carlton (who wrote Room 335 because of the solo played by Graydon)[4]‒ before Jay Graydon's version became the "keeper".[5][6] He worked on the song for about six hours before the band was satisfied.[7]

Jay Graydon spoke about his famous guitar solo in a 2014 interview:

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.[5]

The song could be a reference to Broadway star and one-time Hollywood actress Peg Entwistle, who became famous in 1932 by jumping to her death off the Hollywoodland Sign before her first film was ever released.[9]

Legacy[edit]

Pitchfork rated "Peg" as its 87th best song of the 1970s, describing it as the "perfect Steely Dan song, and one of the strangest hits to ever grace the mainstream."[6] Drummer Rick Marotta calls "Peg" one of the greatest tracks he has ever played on.[10]

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

Chart performance[edit]

Personnel[15][edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fontenot, Robert. "Soft Rock Music and Songs - Oldies Music". Oldies.about.com. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  2. ^ Steely Dan USA chart history, Billboard.com. Retrieved May 28, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  4. ^ Gress, Jess. "10 Things You Gotta Do To Play Like Larry Carlton". GuitarPlayer. GuitarPlayer.com. 
  5. ^ a b Classic Albums DVD: Aja
  6. ^ a b "The 200 Best Songs of the 1970s - Page 6 | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2016-09-09. 
  7. ^ ""Peg" by Steely Dan". Songfacts. Retrieved 2008-11-15. 
  8. ^ 2014 interview with guitarist Jay Graydon on [1].
  9. ^ "Steely Dan fan Q&A". 
  10. ^ Russ Harris (2008-08-04), Peg - Steely Dan - The Making Of, retrieved 2016-09-09 
  11. ^ "Music lyrics, charts, Games, & more". Top40db.net. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  12. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, March 11, 1978
  13. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1978/Top 100 Songs of 1978". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  14. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  15. ^ Original 1977 Album liner notes

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