Steely Dan
Walter Becker, right, with Steely Dan bandmate Donald Fagen. Picture: Facebook/Steely Dan

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:

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.

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