Rikki Don't Lose That Number
Rikki Don't Lose That Number cover
{{{Type}}} by Steely Dan
Released April 25, 1974
Recorded 1973
Genre Soft rock, soul jazz
Length 3:58 (Single version)
4:30 (Album version)
Label ABC
Producer Gary Katz
Steely Dan 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 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]

Chart performance[edit | edit source]

Weekly charts[edit | edit source]

Chart (1974) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 30
UK Singles Chart 58
US Cash Box Top 100[4] 3

Year-end charts[edit | edit source]

Chart (1974) Rank
Canada[5] 53
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 51
US Cashbox Top 100[7] 46

Personnel[edit | edit source]

Cover versions[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. [[[:Template:BillboardURLbyName]] Steely Dan US chart history], Billboard.com. Retrieved May 28, 2012.
  2. Pretzel Logic Album. Retrieved on October 10, 2016.
  3. Song for My Father | 1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die. Retrieved on October 10, 2016.
  4. Archived copy. Archived from the original on 2015-11-17. Retrieved on April 16, 2015.
  5. Bac-lac.gc.ca
  6. Top 100 Hits of 1974/Top 100 Songs of 1974. Retrieved on October 10, 2016.
  7. Archived copy. Archived from the original on October 19, 2014. Retrieved on July 16, 2015.
  8. Template:Discogs release
  9. Hospitality covers Steely Dan. Retrieved on March 30, 2013.

External links[edit | edit source]

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