Saturday, January 25, 2014

40 Year Itch: The Midnight Toker


On the January 25th episode of The Midnight Special Steve Miller  performed his #1 hit "The Joker", which had just peaked a week earlier before being overtaken by Ringo Starr's "You're Sixteen". Miller followed up his smash hit with an early, psychedelic seven-minute version of his future 1976 hit "Fly Like An Eagle".

His final tune was "Sugar Babe", another tune from The Joker. Miller introduces the band, including the late James "Curley" Cooke who would go on to found Pacific Northwest Blues in the Schools, a musical outreach program for troubled kids.

Also performing on the show: Cub Koda's Brownsville Station whose "Smokin In The Boy's Room" peaked at #3 on the Hot 100.

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