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Album: Silk DegreesReleased: 1976Charted:
Boz Scaggs wrote this song with David Paich, who was also his co-writer on "Lowdown
." In our 2013 interview with Scaggs, he talked about how the song came about: "'Lido' was a song that I'd been banging around. And I kind of stole... well, I didn't steal anything. I just took the idea of the shuffle. There was a song that Fats Domino did called 'The Fat Man' that had a kind of driving shuffle beat that I used to play on the piano, and I just started kind of singing along with it. Then I showed it to Paich and he helped me fill it out. It ended up being 'Lido Shuffle.'"
The song is about a drifter looking for a big score. Scaggs and Paich were both very good at crafting songs with intriguing storylines using words and phrases that don't often show up in a lyric: "A tombstone bar," "makin' like a beeline..."
The name Lido is very unusual as well. From the perspective of songcraft, it's very versatile, allowing the singer to get clear vocal sounds and follow with the "whoa-oh-oh-oh" hook. Kenny Loggins did something similar on his song "Footloose
," writing the character "Milo" into it ("Woah... Milo, come on, come on let's go").
The last single from Silk Degrees, this wasn't released until about a year after the album was issued. The first single, "It's Over," peaked in May, 1976; "Lido Shuffle" didn't reach its chart peak until May, 1977. The Silk Degrees album was a slow burner, gradually gaining momentum and selling over five million copies.
The song's co-writer David Paich played keyboards on this track. Scaggs played guitar, bass was handled by David Hungate, and Jeff Porcaro played drums. Paich, Hungate and Porcaro would soon form the band Toto.