Kid Charlemagne (4:39)

Cover of A Decade Of Steely Dan

From A Decade Of Steely Dan and 32 other releases

“Kid Charlemagne” is a song by the rock group Steely Dan, which was released as a single from their 1976 album The Royal Scam. It is notable as a fusion of a funk rhythm and jazz harmonies with rock and roll instrumentals and lyrical style.

Classic mid-tempo jazz-rocker about a drug Chemist (modeled after Owsley Stanley) whose glory days have passed him by, apparently running a lab in some tenement. Listen for Larry Carlton’s guitar as it gradually comes forward in the mix, slowly with fills and then breaks into a one of rock’s most memorable solos. The guitar solo is ranked 88 on Guitar World’s “100 Greatest Guitar Solos”


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While the music played you worked by candlelight
Those San Francisco nights you were the best in town
Just by chance you crossed the diamond with the pearl
You turned it on the world that's when you turned the world around

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