The Daily Cut: Steely Dan “Show Biz Kids”

Steely Dan:Show Biz Kids”

ALBUM: Countdown to Ecstasy

YEAR: 1973

WRITERS: Walter Becker and Donald Fagen

Peaked at number-61 on the Billboard Hot 100

Rick Derringer played on a number of Steely Dan cuts, one of the more notable being his slide guitar on “Show Biz Kids,” which he recorded in about an hour. Derringer recalls that he was in the middle of cutting his All-American Alien Boy album at Caribou Ranch in the Colorado Rockies when they called him about it, and that they then went to great lengths to get their man. “Donald [Fagen] and [producer] Gary Katz brought the tapes so I could work on it. And I remember that was a big compliment for me, because normally they’d call you up and they’d go, ‘Hey, you wanna work on a Steely Dan record?’ And you’d go, ‘Sure, where are you working?’ and they’d tell you where to go. In this case they said, ‘We want you on a Steely Dan record. How can we do it?’ And I said, ‘Well, I can’t, I’m working on a project.’ And they said, ‘Well, we’ll bring it to you.’ So that was a great compliment for us. They brought the tapes out and we did the song.”

Rick Derringer celebrates his 69th birthday today.

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