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Reelin’ in the (37) Years

That hair!  Those crushed velvet pants!  That Bill Cosby moustache! 

Yes, it’s Steely Dan on The Midnight Special in 1973.

The lineup is, left to right: guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter (later of the Doobie Brothers, now a missile defense expert), Walter Becker (on bass), David Palmer (the “pretty” front man, later eased out of the band), drummer Jim Hodder, Denny Diaz (in tie-dye, on guitar) and Donald Fagen (keyboard and lead vocals, in proto-Freddie Mercury mode).

The tune is from their 1972 debut album, Can’t Buy a Thrill, which is a great rock album title.

(Hat tip: Mr. Hans Holznagel)

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