The dynamic duo of Walter Becker (RIP) and Donald Fagen, better known as Steely Dan, had no shortage of hits in the 70s/80s. Blending jazz, R&B, traditional pop, blues and rock, these captivating musical magicians dominated the airwaves with their smooth "soft pop" sound. One of their most underrated gems is "Only a Fool Would Say That," a track from their 1972 debut album Can't Buy a Thrill.
This sophisticated "pop" tune has effervescent George Benson-like guitar rhythms and the band's signature clever lyrics. It's honeyed tones give it a timeless beauty. Steely Dan has such an extensive catalog of excellent music that even their songs that didn't chart are necessary ear candy.
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About the Curator - Sonya Alexander
After graduating from UCLA, Sonya trained to be a talent agent. After realizing she belonged on the creative end, she started freelance writing, covering film festivals for Los Angeles local papers. She's written about film, video games, global affairs, wildlife conservation and, most recently, music. She specializes in classic rock, classic soul, blues, classic country, classical and world music and is tri-coastal, residing in Los Angeles, New York and New Orleans.
31 May 2021
The Isley Brothers added smokiness and umbre to it. They’re not just singing the song, they’re living it.
3 March 2021
The song is simple in its approach. It has an uncomplicated melody, a catchy refrain and Withers’ dulcet vocals. Songs like this epitomize the 70s, full of happiness and love. Pop culture always defines eras. The movies, television shows and music mirror the times. “Lovely Day” symbolizes the 70s, but it’s eternal in its outlook.
20 November 2020
The 70s had some of the best slow jams. Love songs were actually about love. Roberta Flack’s “Feel Like Makin’ Love,” from the album of the same title, is a worthy entry into the 70s catalog of golden love song hits. The silky tune blazed up the music charts in 1974 and remained at number one for a week on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles…