After 1980’s release of “Gaucho”,
Donald Fagen and Walter Becker of Steely Dan felt like they had “run out of steam” and went off on their own “tangents” for a while. For a majority of the time, Fagen’s tangent was the New York Rock & Soul Revue that performed live at Beacon theatre. Started by his future wife Libby Titus,
the Revue featured such former Steely Dan collaborators as Walter Becker, Boz Scaggs, and of course…Michael McDonald.
This is some live footage of McDonald performing Jackie Wilson’s “Lonely Teardrops” at the revue.
(I’m betting those horn parts were arranged by Fagen)
The New York Rock & Soul review was, in part, a catalyst for the reforming of Steely Dan as a touring entity, which in turn led to them reforming as a recording entity. This of course would eventually lead to Steely Dan winning the Grammy for Album of the Year in 2001. The video seen above is taken from a live recording of the revue that came out in the 90’s. Film director and musician Mike Figgis would later use that recording of “Lonely Teardrops” in his Academy Award winning film “Leaving Las Vegas”.
Another well-used song in the movie was “Come Rain or Come Shine”, although I don’t think it was this Ray Charles version.