Walter Becker, who died of undisclosed causes on September 3, 2017, was forever seen as attached to the hip to Donald Fagen, his friend and partner in Steely Dan. Becker and Fagen then became songwriters in New York City.
Becker had cancelled his appearances at the most recent Classic West and Classic East concerts due to an illness. "A lot", while Steve Lukather, guitarist in rock band Toto, sent his condolences to Becker's bandmate Donald Fagen.
Steely Dan's hits included "Reelin' in the Years", "Do It Again", "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" and "Deacon Blues". Their exactitude is what made Steely Dan - a duo that prized polish - rock & roll, and the press played along.
Becker reunited with Fagen and, after a almost 20 year hiatus, released two albums: "Two Against Nature", which won four Grammys, including album of the year in 2001, and "Everything Must Go".
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Walter Becker, the famed guitarist behind Steely Dan, has passed away.
Despite his success as a musician, Walter had a turbulent childhood, but he had the capacity for "creative mimicry", while at the same time having the talent to tap into a person's psychology to create "bubbly, incisive art".
"Steely Dan, named after a sex toy from William S. Burroughs" Naked Lunch, released their first album, Can't Buy a Thrill, in 1972.
In 2001, Steely Dan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the group's music was cited for its intellectual sophistication. Steely Dan was slated to head out on the road later this year.
Steely Dan was a chart sensation in the '70s with distinctively jazzy rock music. He joined the New Wave band China Crisis and produced their 1985 album "Flaunt the Imperfection". Fagen explained to Billboard magazine in August that the late guitarist had been "recovering from a procedure", but did not provide additional details.