Swingtown (song)

"Swingtown" is a 1977 hit song by the Steve Miller Band. It was their third and final single release from their Book of Dreams album, and became the second biggest hit from the LP.

"Swingtown"
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Single by Steve Miller Band
from the album Book of Dreams
B-side"Winter Time"
ReleasedOctober 1977
Recorded1975-1976
GenreBlues rock, rock and roll
Length3:27
LabelCapitol Records
Songwriter(s)Steve Miller, C. McCarty
Producer(s)Steve Miller
Steve Miller Band singles chronology
"Jungle Love"
(1977)
"Swingtown"
(1977)
"Heart Like a Wheel"
(1981)

"Swingtown" reached No. 17 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and spent two weeks at No. 13 on the Cash Box Hot 100. It also peaked at No. 13 on the Canadian pop chart.

Chart performanceEdit

Use in mediaEdit

In late 1978 and 1979, Ford used an edit from the instrumental sections of the song in its television ads for the '79 Ford Mustang.

"Swingtown" appears in the soundtrack of the film "My Girl 2".

"Swingtown" is used in an episode of the HBO series, The Sopranos. The episode is "D-Girl", during the show's second season.

Inspiration for Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train"Edit

Guitarist Greg Leon, who initially took Randy Rhoads' place in Quiet Riot, claims that the iconic verse riff to Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train" came about when he and Rhoads were messing around with "Swingtown". “We were hanging out, and I showed him the riff to Steve Miller’s "Swingtown". I said: "Look what happens when you speed this riff up". We messed around, and the next thing I know he took it to a whole other level and end up writing the "Crazy Train" riff.”[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Top 200 Singles of '77 – Volume 28, No. 11, December 31 1977". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved June 25, 2016.
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1999). Pop Annual. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. ISBN 0-89820-142-X.
  5. ^ Mick Wall (1 February 2012). "Randy Rhoads: The Guitarist Who Changed The World". Classic Rock.

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