Sunday, September 03, 2017

Walter Becker, R. I. P.

Walter Becker Dead: Steely Dan Bassist-Guitarist Dies at 67: The more retiring full-term member of the group, Becker was partnered with singer-keyboardist and co-writer Donald Fagen on a string of jazzy, sleekly produced singles and albums that ruled the charts during the ‘70s. After a protracted hiatus, “the Dan” returned to popularity in the ‘90s; their 2000 album “Two Against Nature” collected four Grammys, including one for album of the year.  

Hat tip to Jeff Meyerson.

3 comments:

Don Coffin said...

This upsets me...(among other things, people younger than I am have no business dying).

They did some weird and wonderful stuff...

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

The last couple of times we saw them, include the Classic East concert at the end of July, he wasn't performing and Donald Fagen said he had some unspecified "illness" and was recuperating.

Too bad.

Art Scott said...

An excellent tribute by Terry Teachout at his AboutLastNight blog at ArtsJournal. Though I'm allergic to virtually all varieties of rock/pop, I have a copy of Aja, and give it a listen once in a while. In the early '80s it was ubiquitous in hi-fi salons, for good reason.