THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
715-Steve Miler Band-The Joker.
1973-It did not chart in the UK until reissued in 1990, when it reached Number 1.
Best Bit-At 0.17.It’s the best wolf whistle you’ll get all day.
Steve Miller was born October 5th, 1943 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States. He certainly had a headstart musically as a child, as Les Paul, and Mary Ford, were good friends with his parents, Les P was Miller’s Godfather.At the age of nine he was taught to play guitar by T-Bone Walker, and other visitors to the house included Charles Mingus, and Tal Farlow. Miller formed the Steve Miller Blues Band in 1965, and recruited childhood friend Boz Scaggs (see also best songs 656,) who stayed until launching his solo career in 1967.As the name suggests the band played Blues Rock in the early days, but took a more commercial approach during their most successful period in the 1970’s, and 1980’s.
‘The Joker’ was an American Billboard Number 1 single in 1973, but failed to chart in the UK until being used in a ‘Levi’s Jeans’ television advert in 1990, thus making the song at just short of 17 years, the longest gap between transatlantic chart-toppers (see also best songs 850.)The songs melody borrows heavily from the 1972 song ‘Soul Sister’ by Allen Toussaint, although he receives no writing credits.The line,’You’re the cutest thing that I ever did see,’ is lifted from the 1954 song by The Clovers called ‘Lovey Dovey’, because of this, that songs writers Eddie Curtis, and Ahmet Ertegun do receive writing credits. Also of note is the made up word ‘Pompatus,’which has become very famous in pop culture down the years.Miller had heard the song ‘The Letter’ by The Medallions from 1954, written by Vernon Green, who made up the word ‘Puppetutes,’ meaning a paper-doll erotic fantasy figure, which Miller misheard as ‘Pompatus.’
‘Some people call me the space cowboy yeah, some call me the gangster of love. Some people call me Maurice, ’cause I speak of the pompatus of love.’