Rikki Don't Lose That Number

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"Rikki Don't Lose That Number"
Single by Steely Dan
from the album Pretzel Logic
B-side "Any Major Dude Will Tell You"
Released April 25, 1974
Format 7" single
Recorded 1973
Genre Soft rock, soul jazz
Length 3:58 (Single version)
4:30 (Album version)
Label ABC
Writer(s) Walter Becker, Donald Fagen
Producer(s) Gary Katz
Steely Dan singles chronology
"My Old School"
"Rikki Don't Lose That Number"
"Pretzel Logic"

"Rikki Don't Lose That Number" is a single released in 1974 by rock/jazz rock group Steely Dan and the opening track of their third album Pretzel Logic. It was the most successful single of the group's career, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 1974.[1]

The song features Jim Gordon on drums, as does the bulk of the Pretzel Logic album. The guitar solo is by Jeff "Skunk" Baxter who would soon go on to join The Doobie Brothers.

Victor Feldman's flapamba[2] (a variant of the marimba) introduction to the song, which opens the album, is cut from the original ABC single version. The MCA single reissue (backed with "Pretzel Logic") includes the flapamba intro but fades out just before the actual end of the track. The introductory riff is an almost direct copy of the intro of Horace Silver's jazz classic "Song for My Father".[3]

In the March 24, 2006 (2006-03-24) issue of Entertainment Weekly, in an article titled "Back to Annandale", it was revealed that Rikki Ducornet was the apparent inspiration for the song due to her friendship with songwriter Donald Fagen while he attended Bard College. Ducornet was pregnant and married at the time, but recalled that Fagen did give her his phone number at a college party at Bard and said that she believed she was the subject of the song. Fagen, however, would not confirm the story.[4]

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  1. ^ Steely Dan USA chart history, Billboard.com. Retrieved May 28, 2012.
  2. ^ "Pretzel Logic Album". Broberg.pp.se. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  3. ^ "Song for My Father | 1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die". 1000recordings.com. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  4. ^ Brunner, Rob (2006-03-17). "The origins of Steely Dan". EW.com. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  5. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 5072a." RPM. Library and Archives Canada.
  6. ^ "Steely Dan – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Steely Dan.
  7. ^ "Steely Dan – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Steely Dan.
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  9. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1974/Top 100 Songs of 1974". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 19, 2014. Retrieved July 16, 2015. 
  11. ^ Kenji Omura – Gaijin Heaven at Discogs
  12. ^ "Hospitality covers Steely Dan". Avclub.com. Retrieved March 30, 2013. 

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