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BURBANK, CA - SEPTEMBER 12: Steve Miller Band performs on the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" at the NBC Studios September 12, 2003 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Steve Miller:
“Fly Like an Eagle”

The Hook: Steve and the band refined the song by playing it live for nearly three years before finally recording it.

Album: Fly Like an Eagle

Year: 1976

Writer: Steve Miller

Stats: Peaked at number-two on the Billboard Hot 100.

Background: If you think “Fly Like an Eagle” is one of the absolutely essential Steve Miller songs, you’re not alone — Steve does, too.

Steve Miller on “Fly Like an Eagle.” OC:…is different. :25

“It’s an amazing song. It’s the heart and soul of the band and it was developed over about a three year period of playing it live and finally recording it. And it’s been recorded by a lot of people, The Neville Brothers did it, Nancy Wilson, Seal, of course, did it. The really great thing about it is that it has this really nice section in it where you can jam, so it’s never the same. It’s always different, each performance of it is different.”