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5 O'Clock Shadow | Paul Pena/Steve Miller Band

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American singer and songwriter, Paul Pena, wrote and recorded “Jet Airliner” in 1973, but the album on which the song was meant to be on, New Train, wasn’t released until 2000 due to conflicts with his record label.  Ben Sidran, who produced the unreleased album and formerly worked with Steve Miller Band, shared the album with Steve Miller Band.  After hearing “Jet Airliner,” they decided to record it for their Book of Dreams album in 1977.  “Jet Airliner” was released as a single by the hit band, and it was immediately popularized.  Things may have turned out differently had New Train been released when it was planned, but in the end Paul Pena's writting produced two great versions.  Listen to both versions below!