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The Steve Miller Band played the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill on July 1.

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The Steve Miller Band: “Jet Airliner”

The Hook: A song Steve didn’t write that became a standard and long-time set closer for him and the band.

Album: Book of Dreams

Year: 1977

Writer: Paul Pena

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

The Background: “Jet Airliner” has turned out to be one of Steve Miller’s most enduring songs, but it’s one of the few hits of his that he didn’t write. He fills us in on the now-deceased songwriter who gave it him.

Steve Miller on “Jet Airliner” OC:…big standards. :19

“’Jet Airliner’ is a song that was written by Paul Pena, who’s a really great guitar player and songwriter who should have had a big time career, but had a lot of bad luck. And we got together and worked on this song and it’s the song that we usually close the show with and the audience really loves it and it’s one of the big standards.”