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WEST PALM BEACH, FL - MAY 29: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been converted to black and white) Joe Walsh performs during Joe Walsh & Bad Company One Hell Of A Night Tour - at Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre on May 29, 2016 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)

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James Gang: “Funk 49”

The Hook: They’d already done “Funk 48,” so why not?

Album: Rides Again

Year: 1970

Writers: Jim Fox, Dale Peters and Joe Walsh

Stats: Peaked at number-59 on the Billboard Hot 100

Background: That the first James Gang album contains a song titled “Funk 48” is indisputable. How it got that title, we may never know. But we do know how “Funk 49” got its title. Frontman Joe Walsh explains it — sort of.

Joe Walsh explains how The James Gang came up with the title “Funk 49.” OC:…like that. :27

“We’re dumb stupid guys from Cleveland and everybody thought we knew somethin’. And we called it ‘Funk 48’ on Yer Album, which was the first album, and the intellectual content of ‘Funk 49’ isn’t your basic PhD thesis. And I said, ‘What do we call this? I don’t know. I don’t even know it’s a song, but we’ve recorded it.’ They said, ‘Well, ‘Funk 49.’ And everybody wants to know the real deep meaning of stuff like that.”