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STEVE MILLER'S 'FLY LIKE AN EAGLE' VOTED 'FAVORITE BIRD SONG'

7/6/2012

It may not be the "Greatest Songs Of All Time" list, but the Steve Miller Band's 1976 classic, "Fly Like An Eagle" has topped the "Favorite Bird Song Survey" by the readers of Birds & Blooms magazine, garnering an impressive 17 percent of the votes. Coming in second was "Rockin' Robin" -- a hit for both Bobby Day and the Jackson Five -- with 15 percent of the votes, and rounding out the Top Three was Lynyrd Skynyrd's nine-plus minute opus, "Free Bird" -- which snagged 13 percent of reader's votes.

The song "Fly Like An Eagle" has become one of Miller's biggest hits and the centerpiece of his concerts, but Miller admitted that it actually took years for him to get it the way he wanted it: "I recorded that song three separate times, when I didn't have any money, and spent, y'know, $6,000 in 1973, which is like spending $25,000 now, or something, y'know, and was not satisfied with it, and went, 'It's still not there.' And I did that until I got the recording the way I wanted it."

The favorites from the Birds & Blooms magazine's "Best Bird Song Survey," based on a survey of 2,200 readers are:

1. "Fly Like An Eagle" - The Steve Miller Band (17 percent)
2. "Rockin' Robin" - Bobby Day; The Jackson Five (15 percent)
3. "Free Bird" - Lynyrd Skynyrd (13 percent)
4. "Mockingbird" - Charlie and Inez Foxx; James Taylor & Carly Simon (12 percent)
5. "Blackbird" - The Beatles (11 percent)
6. "When The Red, Red Robin" - Doris Day (8 percent)
7. "Two Sparrows In A Hurricane" - Tanya Tucker (5 percent)
8. "When Doves Cry" - Prince (4 percent)
9. "Three Little Birds" - Bob Marley & The Wailers (4 percent)
10. "Shake A Tale Feather" - Ray Charles; Ike & Tina Turner (3 percent)
11. "Bye Bye Birdie" - Ann-Margret (3 percent)
12. "I'm Like A Bird" - Nelly Furtado (2 percent)
13. "Surfin' Bird" - The Trashmen (1.5 percent)
14. "Birdhouse In Your Soul" - They Might Be Giants (1 percent)
15. "I Like Birds" - The Eels (1 percent)
16. "Disco Duck" - Rick Dees & His Cast Of Idiots (0.5 percent)

The Steve Miller Band North American tour dates (subject to change):

July 7 - Woodinville, WA - Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
July 8 - Portland, OR - Waterfront Blues Festival - Tom McCall Waterfront Park
July 10 - Friant, CA - Table Mountain Casino
July 13 - Lincoln, CA Thunder Valley Casino
July 14 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 23 - Oshkosh, WI - EAA AirVenture Aero Shell
July 25 - Cincinnati, OH - PNC Pavilion At Riverbend
July 27 - London, ON - Rock The Park Festival at Harris Park
July 28 - Belleville, ON - Empire Rockfest Empire Square
July 31 - Lewiston, NY - Artpark Mainstage Theater
August 3 - Mashantucket, CT - Foxwoods Resort Casino & MGM Grand At Foxwoods
August 4 - Hyannis, MA - Cape Cod Melody Tent
August 5 - Gilford, NH - Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion
August 8 - Glen Allen, VA - SnagAJob Pavilion
August 9 - Asheville, NC - Biltmore Estate
August 10, 11 - Vienna, VA - Filene Center At Wolf Trap
August 19 - Springfield, IL - Illinois State Fair Grandstand
August 30 - Pueblo, CO - Colorado State Fair at Colorado State Fair
September 1 - Huron, SD - South Dakota State Fair at South Dakota State Fairgrounds
September 2 - Grand Island, NE - Nebraska State Fair at Heartland Events Center
September 28 - Catoosa, OK - The Joint at Hard Rock Casino / Tulsa
September 30 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater


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