How To Play Josie By Steely Dan Complete Guitar lesson Including The Solo

Josie, written by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen and first released by Steely Dan on their 1977 album Aja. It was also released as the third single from the album and performed modestly well, reaching #26 on the Billboard Hot 100

Walter Becker plays a guitar solo on the song, one of the few on Aja. Steely Dan biographer Brian Sweet particularly praised his solo, calling it “a real stormer.”

You can download the chord chart for this song by clicking on the link below.

Josie Chord Chart

The backing track is also available through my Patreon website.

Donald Fagen sings the lead vocals. The other musicians on the song include Chuck Rainey on bass guitar, Victor Feldman on electric piano and Larry Carlton and Dean Parks on guitar. The drummer is Jim Keltner,

Aja ( pronounced Asia) is the sixth album by the jazz rock band Steely Dan. Originally released in 1977 on ABC Records, it became the group’s best-selling album. The credits for Aja list nearly 40 musicians, as band leaders Donald Fagen and Walter Becker pushed Steely Dan further into experimenting with different combinations of session players.

Peaking at No. 3 on the U.S. charts and No. 5 in the United Kingdom, Aja was the band’s first platinum album, eventually selling over 5 million copies. The record spawned a number of hit singles, including “Peg”, “Deacon Blues”, and “Josie”. In July 1978, the album won the Grammy Award for Best Engineered Non-Classical Recording.

In 2003, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and ranked number 145 on Rolling Stone’s “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list. The album is often cited as one of the best test recordings for audiophiles, due to its high production standards.