Walter Becker of Steely Dan dies

September 4, 2017

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Walter Becker, the guitarist, bassist and co-founder of the 1970s rock group Steely Dan, He was 67.

Becker, who along with Donald Fagen, fronted the iconic band, which sold more than 40 million albums and produced such hit singles as "Reelin' In the Years,"Rikki Don't Lose that Number" and "Deacon Blues."

Becker was a native of Queens, NY who first picked up the saxophone and eventually the guitar.  He met Fagen at college in 1967.  Together, they founded Steely Dan after moving to California in 1972.

The band had been touring again recently and Becker missed some performances.  Fagen had commented that Becker was recovering from a procedure and hoped he would be well soon.

Becker's website announced the death on Sunday without further details.

Here's more info and a good retrospective of Becker's career with Steely Dan.

RIP #WalterBecker

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