Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker has died

Steely Dan co-founder and guitarist Walter Becker dead at 67

Walter Becker, guitarist, bassist and co-writer for the band Steely Dan, has died at the age of 67.

Becker's official site announced the death, but no cause of death has been provided.

Becker, who played lead guitar, formed Steely Dan with Donald Fagen, its keyboardist and lead vocalist.

According to Reuters, Becker was born in New York City in 1950, where he "grew up revering the jazz giants Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington and John Coltrane". Fagen had stated to Billboard that Fagen was "recovering from a procedure" at the time. The album would eventually win the Grammy Award for album of the year, and Steely Dan remained a touring force. "Like many children of families fractured, he had the gift to read the psychology behind the people, and to transform what he saw into art sharp and sparkling", he added. In the eighties, when I was putting together the NY Rock and Soul Review with Libby, we hooked up again, revived the Steely Dan concept and developed another terrific band. Most of the members outside of Becker and Fagen, who were masterminding such LPs as Katy Laid, The Royal Scam and Aja, left the group.

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Becker eventually 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".

In case you're unaware of Steely Dan, the group first found success in 1970 with their first record, Can't Buy A Thrill, which sold a million records in the United States.

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For Becker, he also released two of his own solo albums, which were 11 Tracks Of Whack in 1994 and Circus Money in 2008.

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