Matt Dolloff, CBS Radio Boston

Rhythm & blues legend Boz Scaggs celebrates his 68th birthday today (June 8). WODS honors Scaggs with the top 5 songs of his illustrious career.

Scaggs continues to write, record and perform music to this day. Although he has yet to reach near the creative & commercial highs of his 1976 breakthrough album Silk Degrees, he continues to play live shows for fans waiting to hear “Lowdown,” “Lido Shuffle” and plenty of other hit singles.

Scaggs plays the Wang Theater in Boston on August 9 as part of the “Dukes of September Rhythm Revue” along with Donald Fagen and Michael McDonald. See our top 5 Boz Scaggs songs below.

5. “What Can I Say”

This strutting tune concerns a lovelorn man who is trying his hardest to convince a woman to give him a chance. The opening track to Silk Degrees, it helped hook listeners in to the rest of Scaggs’ most commercially successful record.

4. “Look What You’ve Done To Me”

“Look What You’ve Done to Me,” the gentle 1980 piano ballad written for the film Urban Cowboy proved that Scaggs could translate his style perfectly from the 1970s to the 1980s. The song was a big hit in soft rock circles, peaking at #14 on the U.S. pop charts in 1980.

3. “Lido Shuffle”

A bit of a change of pace from Scaggs’ usual style, “Lido Shuffle” gallops like a racehorse and brims with energy. It’s hard not to get caught up in the “Whoa-oh-oh-ohhh” of the song’s chorus, even while just sitting there listening to it. It concerns a man playing all the club shows he can in an attempt to hit the big-time, so one can’t help but believe it is at least semi-autobiographical.

2. “We Were Always Sweethearts”

Just hearing the title of this song might evoke the sounds of a sweet ballad, but “We Were Always Sweethearts” actually an upbeat, soulful celebration of sunshine, love and “happy days.” The song wasn’t a hit, but it was a harbinger of what was to come for Scaggs’ “blue-eyed soul” style that propelled him to stardom in 1976 with Silk Degrees.

1. “Lowdown”

The initial response for Silk Degrees was modest, but once “Lowdown” hit radio airwaves the single (and album) took off. It was the breakthrough single for Scaggs and remains by far his most successful single. It peaked at #3 on the U.S. pop charts and also saw success on the R&B and disco charts.

See also: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Boz Scaggs


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