Music Video: Steely Dan

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The Midnight Special was a television showcase for rock and pop bands that aired from 1972 to 1981. Steely Dan appeared on the program in early 1973 to promote Can’t Buy A Thrill, their debut album from the same year. Click here to view a video of their performance of “Reelin’ In The Years,” the #11 and second single from the album (“Do It Again” reached #6). Introduced by a very hip Bill Cosby, the song features the shortened but still blistering duel by guitarists Jeff “Skunk” Baxter and Elliott Randall (Randall’s longer solo is on the studio version) and backing vocals by David Palmer, who would leave the band shortly thereafter. While recording the band’s second album, Countdown To Ecstasy, Steely Dan co-founder Donald Fagen realized he was capable of handling lead vocals, thus ending Palmer’s role.

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