After cracking the top ten with 1973’s The Joker, three years would pass before the Steve Miller Band would release another studio album. But when they did, it would turn out to be a landmark for the band.
The album was Fly Like an Eagle, and it was released in May 1976, with frontman Steve Miller at the helm. It contained a mixture of rock and delta blues, as well as a little bit of space rock (as it would be heard in the album’s interludes. It peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 album charts, cracked the top ten in Canada and the Netherlands, and one position shy of the top ten in England. It would also be Miller’s biggest selling album, selling over four million copies in the U.S., staying on the charts for almost two years.
Hits from Fly Like an Eagle included the inspirational title track, which peaked at number two on the charts behind Barbra Streisand’s “Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born),” and would be a top ten hit again, when covered by Seal in 1996. The album did yield a number one hit with “Rock’n Me,” which knocked Chicago’s first chart-topper, “If You Leave Me Now” from the top of the charts. Other key tracks include “Take the Money and Run” (number eleven on the charts), “Wild Mountain Honey,” and “Serenade.”
Along with being Miller’s biggest album, it would be his most acclaimed. In 2012, it ranked at number 445 on Rolling Stone’s list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.