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Steely Dan guitarist and cofounder Walter Becker dies at 67

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Walter Becker, the guitarist, bassist, and cofounder of the jazz-inflected rock band Steely Dan, died Sunday at age 67.

The tips became announced on his non-public web sites. A operate on the lend a hand of death became no longer disclosed.

Becker had passed over Steely Dan’s appearances on the Traditional West and Traditional East concerts in July due to an unspecified ailment.

A native of Queens, Fresh York, Becker started making track with singer-keyboardist Donald Fagen, his Steely Dan cofounder, after they met as students at Bard Faculty.

In a lengthy and heartfelt bellow Sunday, Fagen acknowledged, “Walter Becker became my buddy, my writing partner and my bandmate since we met as students at Bard Faculty in 1967. We started writing nutty puny tunes on an factual piano in a minute sitting room in the foyer of Ward Manor, a mouldering oldschool mansion on the Hudson River that the college primitive as a dorm.”

Fagen added, “He became neat as a whip, a unbelievable guitarist and a huge songwriter. He became cynical about human nature, at the side of his hang, and hysterically funny.”

After a transient period in Fresh York working as songwriters and backing musicians, the 2 relocated to California in 1971 and fashioned Steely Dan, taking their band name from a intercourse toy in William S. Burroughs’ new Naked Lunch.

Their debut album, 1972’s Can’t Settle a Thrill, birthed the radio hit “Attain It But again” and the observe-up single “Reelin’ in the Years,” thus introducing the realm to their darkly witty, musically sophisticated sound.

“I’m no longer attracted to a rock/jazz fusion,” Becker instructed Rolling Stone in a 1974 interview. “That roughly marriage has to this level exclusively come up with ponderous outcomes. We play rock ’n’ roll, but we swing when we play. We desire that ongoing gallop, that lightness, that ahead flee of jazz.”

Becker and Fagen remained the band’s core members as they constantly turned around musicians, and their output in the ’70s integrated Pretzel Good judgment (“Rikki Don’t Lose That Amount”), Katy Lied (“Black Friday”), The Royal Scam (“Kid Charlemagne”), and Aja (“Peg,” “Deacon Blues,” “Josie”).

Steely Dan disbanded in 1981 and reunited in 1993. Since then they released the albums Two Against Nature (which won four Grammys, at the side of album of the 12 months) and All the pieces Must Scoot and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In his bellow Sunday, Fagen acknowledged, “I intend to attach the track we created collectively alive as lengthy as I will with the Steely Dan band.”

Learn Fagen’s full bellow under:

Walter Becker became my buddy, my writing partner and my bandmate since we met as students at Bard Faculty in 1967. We started writing nutty puny tunes on an factual piano in a minute sitting room in the foyer of Ward Manor, a mouldering oldschool mansion on the Hudson River that the college primitive as a dorm.

We cherished quite loads of the the same issues: jazz (from the twenties by contrivance of the mid-sixties), W.C. Fields, the Marx Brothers, science fiction, Nabokov, Kurt Vonnegut, Thomas Berger, and Robert Altman films spring to thoughts. Also soul track and Chicago blues.

Walter had a extremely rough childhood — I’ll spare you the considerable aspects. Fortunately, he became neat as a whip, a unbelievable guitarist and a huge songwriter. He became cynical about human nature, at the side of his hang, and hysterically funny. Love quite loads of formative years from fractured families, he had the knack of artistic mimicry, reading folks’s hidden psychology and transforming what he noticed into bubbly, incisive artwork. He primitive to write letters (never intended to be sent) in my wife Libby’s singular speak that made the three of us crumple with laughter.

His habits got essentially the most easy of him by the end of the seventies, and we lost contact for a whereas. In the eighties, when I became putting collectively the NY Rock and Soul Overview with Libby, we bent up but again, revived the Steely Dan belief and developed one other terrific band.

I intend to attach the track we created collectively alive as lengthy as I will with the Steely Dan band.

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