Working Man

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This article is about the Rush song. For the John Conlee song, see Working Man (John Conlee song). For the working class, see working class. For the human species, see Homo ergaster.
"Working Man"
Song by Rush from the album Rush
Released March 1974
Recorded 1973
Genre Hard rock, blues rock, heavy metal
Length 7:06
7:10 (Remastered Version)
7:15 (Vault Edition)
Label Moon Records
Anthem/Mercury Records
Writer Alex Lifeson
Geddy Lee


Music sample

Working Man is a song by rock band Rush from their self-titled debut album. The song's guitar solo was voted 94th in Guitar World magazine's list of the 100 greatest guitar solos.[1]

Donna Halper, then a disc jockey and music director at WMMS in Cleveland, Ohio, is credited with getting Rush noticed in the United States by playing "Working Man" on the air. The song proved particularly popular in the working-class city. The response resulted in a record deal for the band, which gave her special thanks for her part in their early history and dedicated their first two albums to her.[2][3]

Like all of the songs on the band's first album, the song features original drummer John Rutsey, who was replaced by Neil Peart in 1974. On the 1976 live album All the World's a Stage, the song segues into "Finding My Way" and a drum solo by Peart. After not being performed live for most of the 1980s and 1990s, it returned to Rush's setlists during the 2002 Vapor Trails Tour. It has been played on every tour since, with the exception of the 2007-2008 Snakes & Arrows Tour, and is included on the live albums Rush in Rio, R30: 30th Anniversary World Tour, and Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland.

Two versions of the song are available as downloadable tracks for the music video game series Rock Band. One is a cover based on the original recording, while the other is a previously unreleased released master track with an alternate guitar solo.[4] The alternate version proved so popular that the band released it on the iTunes Store, under the title "Working Man (Vault Edition)."

The song is featured in episodes of the television series My Name is Earl, That 70's Show and Supernatural, the 2011 film Goon, and a 2014 Walmart television advertisement.

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  1. ^ The 100 Greatest Guitar Solos. Guitar World (accessed December 11, 2007).
  2. ^ Soeder, John (15 April 2011). "After Donna Halper gave 'Working Man' a spin on WMMS, Rush's career took off". The Plain Dealer. Archived from the original on 13 December 2012. 
  3. ^ MacLean, Chuck (9 July 2008). "Quincy woman still promoting Rush 34 years after discovering band". The Patriot Ledger. Archived from the original on 13 December 2012. 
  4. ^ DLC Week of July 8th. Rock Band Forum (accessed July 7, 2008).
  5. ^ Thierry Attard's Double Feature

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