• Recorded by American rock group Steely Dan and written by group members Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, “Do It Again” was released as a single from their 1972 debut album “Can’t Buy A Thrill”. The song entered Billboard’s Hot 100 in November of ’72 and peaked in the #6 spot the week ending February 10, 1973. The 45 RPM single version heard here differs from the stereo LP version. With a shorter intro, without an organ solo and mixed to mono, the single was over a minute and a half shorter version more suitable for AM radio in the early 70s. I never owned the LP, but I’m glad to still have the old 45 that you hear on this video.

    In the 70’s

    At the start of the decade, long-standing trends in American television were finally reaching the end of the road. The Red Skelton Show and The Ed Sullivan Show, long-revered American institutions, were finally canceled after multi-decade spans. The “family sitcom”, popularized by the travails of Ozzie and Harriet Nelson in the 1950s and 1960s, saw its last breath at the start of the new decade with The Brady Bunch, which ran for five seasons. Although the show was never highly rated during its original run, it has been broadcast in syndication continuously since 1974, and many children have grown up with it, causing them to think of the Bradys as the quintessential family — not only in 1970s television, but quite possibly all of American television. In the early 1970s the high concept sitcoms like I Dream of Jeannie and Bewitched began to lose American interest with I Dream of Jeannie ending its run in 1970 and Bewitched ending in 1972.

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