1976 Steely Dan – Kid Charlemagne (US:#82)

“Kid Charlemagne” is a song by the rock group Steely Dan, which was released as a single from their 1976 album The Royal Scam and reached number 82 in the Billboard charts. It is a fusion of a funk rhythm and jazz harmonies with rock and roll instrumentals and lyrical style. The guitar solo by jazz fusion guitarist Larry Carlton was ranked #80 in the list of the 100 greatest guitar songs by Rolling Stone, stating “In the late seventies, Steely Dan made records by pushing a revolving crew of monster session dudes through take after take, which yielded endless jaw-dropping guitar solos. Larry Carlton’s multi-sectioned, cosmic-jazz lead in this cut may be the best of all: It’s so complex it’s a song in its own right.

Album

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Musicians

BassChuck Rainey
DrumsBernard Purdie
GuitarLarry Carlton
GuitarWalter Becker
KeyboardsDon Grolnick
KeyboardsPaul Griffin
KeyboardsDonald Fagen
Background VocalsMichael McDonald
VocalsDonald Fagen

Produced By

Gary Katz

Songwriters

Donald Fagen
Walter Becker

Charts

US:#82
UK:# –