Australian singles charts:
Rikki Don’t Lose That Number entered the Kent Music Report on 17 June 1974 and peaked at #30.
The song is on Pretzel Logic which entered the Kent Music Report album charts on 27 May 1974 and peaked at #18.
Walter Becker, Donald Fagen
According to a 2006 interview with Entertainment Weekly, the ‘Rikki’ of the title is Rikki Ducornet, a New York writer and artist. Steely Dan co-front Donald Fagen met her while both were attending Bard College, a small liberal arts school located in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Ducornet said they met at a college party, and even though she was both pregnant and married at the time, he gave her his number, although not in the same context as the song. Ducornet was intrigued by Fagen and tempted to call him, but she decided against it.
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/steely-dan/rikki-dont-lose-that-number
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