- 26 Sep 17
As one half of Steely Dan, Walter Becker helped to create what is among the most potent musical legacies of the past fifty years. Walter’s dime dancing may be through, leaving a gap where once rode a titan. But for Donald Fagen, the show must go on. With the help of ace Steely Dan stylist Greg Boland, we pay tribute.
“I bet there was a time when you heard those Steely Dan Tracks coming from the radio and thought, that band sounds amazing.”
Writer and broadcaster John Kelly’s reaction to the sad passing of Walter Becker, one half – along with Donald Fagen – of supreme seventies sophisticates Steely Dan, sums up their appeal. That band sounds amazing. As a glorious amalgamation of rock, jazz, pop and r & b, all topped off with a savagely hip lyrical nous, they were right up there with the very best.
Walter Becker succumbed to an undisclosed illness on September 3, 2017. Born in 1951, he was 66 years of age. It was the end of a glorious, but often troubled, journey – one that, in spite of the twists, turns and occasional derailment, leaves an extraordinary legacy of music that was subtle and adventurous, and which has become, indisputably, a vital part of the canon.