Song of the Day: Steve Miller Band – “The Joker”

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On this day in 1974, this Steve Miller favorite sat atop the Billboard Hot 100. The song also hit No. 1 in New Zealand, the Netherlands, Ireland, and the U.K. Miller told the story of the song in a 2012 interview with Mojo (per Songfacts.com): “I got this funny, lazy, sexy little tune but it didn’t come together until a party in Novato, north of San Francisco. I sat on the hood of a car under the stars with an acoustic guitar making up lyrics and ‘I’m a joker, I’m a smoker, ‘I’m a midnight toker’ came out. My chorus! The ‘some people call me the space cowboy’ and ‘the gangster of love’ referred to earlier songs of mine and so did ‘Maurice’ and ‘the propitious of love.’ You don’t have to use words. It was just a goof.”

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