"Rikki Don't Lose That Number" is a single released in 1974 by rock/pop/jazz group Steely Dan. Featured as the opening track of their third album Pretzel Logic, it became the group's highest charted record, peaking at #4 on "Billboard" in the summer of 1974.
The song features Jim Gordon on drums, as does the bulk of the Pretzel Logic album. The guitar solo was played by Jeff "Skunk" Baxter.
Victor Feldman's flopanda (a kind of electric marimba) introduction to the song (opening the album) is cut from the original ABC single version. The MCA single reissue (backed with "Pretzel Logic") includes the flopanda intro but fades out just before the actual end of the track. The song's opening riff is taken from "Song for My Father" by jazz artist Horace Silver.
In the March 24, 2006 (2006-03-24) issue of Entertainment Weekly, in an article titled "Back to Annandale", it was revealed that Rikki Ducornet was the apparent inspiration for the song due to a friendship songwriter Donald Fagen had with Ducornet while he attended Bard College. Ducornet was pregnant and married at the time, but recalls Fagen did give her his phone number at a college party while attending Bard and said that she...