Fagen said in a statement that he intends to continue to perform Steely Dan’s music with other musicians.
“Peg” and “Deacon Blues” popped up on WKRP in Cincinnati, “Rikki” rode onto Knight Rider, and Steely Dan were well-represented in movies from Mask and Say Anything to Air America, Me, Myself & Irene and Almost Famous.
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Together they became one of the most successful rock acts of the 1970s, creating a sound that owed as much to jazz as rock and roll.
Personality clashes led to the band’s 1981 dissolution. Becker and Fagen ended up in New York City, where they joined the studio band for Jay and the Americans.
“De La Soul introduced me to Steely Dan when they sampled this attractive piece of music. Peg”.
“RIP Walter Becker”, The KISS guitarist wrote.
The guitarist’s passing was confirmed by a post on his website, which simply displayed two images of Becker in his childhood and in later life along with the dates ‘feb.
The death of Steely Dan guitarist Walter Becker prompted an outpouring of admiration and mourning from his many fans across the spectrum of entertainment, from directors and talk show host to fellow musicians. “A major force in a band whose music has defied comparisons and categories”. Becker, who never sang in Steely Dan, revealed that he possessed a warm, wry voice that suited his barbed stories of liars, junkies and his Hawaiian home. Steely Dan music touched me deep. By touring so often, they proved that music that supposed was exclusively a studio creation could thrive onstage.
Their first album as Steely Dan, “Can’t Buy Me a Thrill” was released in 1972, and featured both “Do It Again” and “Reelin’ In the Years”.