Steve Miller Band ‘s “The Joker” peaks at #1 in USA 44 years ago today! So, we thought we’d celebrate with your 1@1!
As you know Rolling Stone dubbed Steve Miller, the “man without a face” and he says “I never thought ‘The Joker’ was going to be a hit,” Miller told Guitar Player in 1978. “I took the challenge; I said, ‘Okay, it’s got to be two-and-a-half minutes long, and it’s got to play on Top 40 radio, and it’s got to follow a soul-disco symphony.’ I always wanted to make singles; I like singles… So I just started taking that two-and-a-half minute thing and started looking for sounds that record well… It’s like a game, like a crossword puzzle. And as long as you get some tunes that’ve got feeling and soul and substance to them, there you go.”