14.As The Years Go Passing By (With Booker T & The MG's)
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Although Boz Scaggs first found success as the lead singer on the early albums by the Steve Miller Band, his solo career quickly moved away from the psychedelic haze of those records. Although Scaggs's easygoing, slightly gritty vocals remained rooted in Chicago-style blues-rock, his albums became increasingly pop-friendly (and, consequently, better selling). By the end of the 1970s, the San Francisco native was a bona fide California soft-rock superstar, his success culminating in the adult-contemporary hit "Look What You've Done to Me," the love theme from the 1980 film URBAN COWBOY. As the comprehensive and career-spanning retrospective MY TIME makes clear, however, Scaggs had more in common with Steely Dan than the Eagles; blues and jazz remained at the root of his music even at the slick heights of "Lido Shuffle" and "Lowdown" from his classic, Toto-backed SILK DEGREES album. Later in his career, Scaggs returned to that fountainhead for rootsier outings.