Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker dies aged 67
Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker has died aged 67.
Steely Dan began in the 70s with Walter Becker and Donald Fagen enjoying widespread commercial success with their unique jazz-rock sound.
The pair met during their studies at Bard College New York and were quick to collaborate on song writing projects.
Following a 12-year break from 1981 to 1993, and after selling more than 40 million copies of their first studio album in 20 years, Steely Dan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2001. The album, Two Against Nature, took home four Grammys including Album of The Year in 2000.
Becker’s last performance with Steely Dan was in Las Vegas during their Reelin’ in the Chips residency in April 2017.
Respects have been paid to Becker and his talent on Twitter:
RIP Walter Becker. Half of one of the greatest and most original bands in rock history.
— Carl Newman (@ACNewman) September 3, 2017
Rest In Peace to the brilliant Walter Becker, 1/2 of my favorite songwriting team of the late 20th century.
— Okkervil River (@okkervilriver) September 3, 2017
So, so sad to hear this news…
SD played locally a few years ago, they were as amazing as ever… I asked to go… https://t.co/03hyGE5a2Z
— Julian Lennon (@JulianLennon) September 3, 2017
Becker’s bandmate Donald Fagen released a statement on the passing of his long-time friend and band member, saying, “I intend to keep the music we created together alive as long as I can with the Steely Dan band.”
Read the full statement below.