Rikki Don't Lose That Number

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"Rikki Don't Lose That Number"
Rikki Don't Lose That Number - Steely Dan.jpg
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
Songwriter(s) Walter Becker, Donald Fagen
Producer(s) Gary Katz
Steely Dan singles chronology
"My Old School"
"Rikki Don't Lose That Number"
"Pretzel Logic"

"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 number 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]which is a root to fifth bassline.

Chart performance[edit]


Cover versions[edit]

  • 1983 – Kenji Omura recorded his version of this song on his fourth album Gaijin Heaven.[11]
  • 1984 – Tom Robinson recorded his version for the album Hope and Glory.
  • 1992 – Hank Marvin did an instrumental of the song on his album Into the Light.
  • 1994 – Far Corporation made a cover of the song for their album Solitude.
  • 2007 – Chuck Loeb did an instrumental cover of the song on his album Presence.
  • May 2012 – indie pop trio Hospitality performed a version of the song for The A.V. Club's A.V. Undercover series.[12]


  1. ^ Steely Dan US 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. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 5072a." RPM. Library and Archives Canada.
  5. ^ "Steely Dan Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Steely Dan Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-11-17. Retrieved 2015-04-16. 
  8. ^ Bac-lac.gc.ca
  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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