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Thread started 09/03/17 8:43am

nd33

Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker has died

One half of one of the finest song writing duos ever. 67 is pretty fresh.
sad pray


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Reply #1 posted 09/03/17 10:14am

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One of my utter favorates. Made jazz and rock standard.

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Reply #2 posted 09/03/17 11:56am

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Wow, he was only 67. I sometimes forget these two were in their early twenties making very mature and complex music.RIP

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Reply #3 posted 09/03/17 1:56pm

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1 half of 1 of the great songwriting teams of the 20th century. from what I can tell, much of the Dan's wry, acerbic perspective came from Walter. somehow, I associate Walter with "Deacon Blues" more than I do Donald..

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in any event: his contribution to Steely Dan - and to popular music - will remain forever.

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"Aja" album now on my laptop & flowing through my speakers..

I'll see you tonight..
in ALL MY DREAMS..
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Reply #4 posted 09/03/17 3:49pm

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RIP Walter Becker! pray

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Reply #5 posted 09/03/17 4:00pm

funkaholic1972

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What a loss. Steely Dan was my favorite band, I love almost anything they have done. A unique band, such a gifted duo!

Thanks for your wonderful contributions to music, may you rest in peace Walter.

RIP Prince: thank U 4 a funky Time!
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Reply #6 posted 09/03/17 5:01pm

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funkaholic1972 said:

What a loss. Steely Dan was my favorite band, I love almost anything they have done. A unique band, such a gifted duo!

Thanks for your wonderful contributions to music, may you rest in peace Walter.

Same here--Steely Dan was one of my favorites back in the day. I'm saddened by the news. Thanks for the music, Walter.

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Reply #7 posted 09/03/17 5:34pm

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They were just some oddball looking guys that, in another decade, might have created a computer company instead of been musicians. But they made some of the most wonderful music in their field. I was late to the Steely Dan party, but it's been great learning their music over the years since.

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Reply #8 posted 09/03/17 7:27pm

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RIP pray Steely Dan had some amazing songs......for eg. Peg (1977) with Michael McDonald backing vocals biggrin

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Reply #9 posted 09/03/17 7:30pm

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Hey Nineteen - Steely Dan (1978)

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Reply #10 posted 09/03/17 7:32pm

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Steely Dan - Reelin' In The Years (1972)

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Reply #11 posted 09/03/17 7:33pm

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RIKKI DON'T LOSE THAT NUMBER (1974) My all-time fav song of Steely Dan music

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Reply #12 posted 09/03/17 7:49pm

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Serious Bummer. rose

Thanks for the videos Goddess4Real. hug

Kick the old-school joints. For the true funk soldiers.
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Reply #13 posted 09/03/17 9:28pm

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Reply #14 posted 09/03/17 9:30pm

MickyDolenz

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Reply #15 posted 09/04/17 3:40pm

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Steely Dan was such a great band, and Aja, one of the greatest albums ever. RIP, Walter

Peace
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Reply #16 posted 09/04/17 4:12pm

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A very recent concert. Walter looked very different there.

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Reply #17 posted 09/04/17 7:43pm

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GustavoRibas said:

A very recent concert. Walter looked very different there.


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Hey, nice to see Larry Carlton playing with them again here cool
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Reply #18 posted 09/04/17 7:46pm

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nd33 said:

Hey, nice to see Larry Carlton playing with them again here cool

- Yes! And, since Donald said he would continue Walter´s legacy, let´s hope that Steely Dan continues with Larry. He is so great. His solo on ´kid Charlemagne´ is amazing

Peace
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Reply #19 posted 09/05/17 9:24am

luvsexy4all

damn...any words from Fagen?

how prominent was he in the writing of their songs?

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Reply #20 posted 09/05/17 9:39am

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We should mourn more.

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Reply #21 posted 09/05/17 9:40am

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They always had the best drummers.

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Reply #22 posted 09/05/17 9:43am

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Wow.....Musical Alchemists. They were fucking magicians. Steely Dan, absolute Genius all the way. Thank you so much for making your mark on Musical History pray

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Reply #23 posted 09/05/17 10:42am

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https://scholarsandrogues.com/2017/09/05/walter-becker-every-word-was-true/

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Reply #24 posted 09/05/17 10:50am

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luvsexy4all said:

damn...any words from Fagen?

how prominent was he in the writing of their songs?

- He posted a message at Steely Dan´s Facebook page saying that he will keep the legacy alive as long as he can.

I always thought that Fagen was the main songwriter, and maybe he is, but he said in an interview that he and Walter did everything together. I saw a comment on Youtube saying Walter was Fagen´s muse, and it makes sense to me.

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Reply #25 posted 09/05/17 10:58am

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The Message from Donald Fagen
'Walter Becker was my friend, my writing partner and my bandmate since we met as students at Bard College in 1967. We started writing nutty little tunes on an upright piano in a small sitting room in the lobby of Ward Manor, a mouldering old mansion on the Hudson River that the college used as a dorm. We liked a lot of the same things: jazz (from the twenties through the mid-sixties), W.C. Fields, the Marx Brothers, science fiction, Nabokov, Kurt Vonnegut, Thomas Berger, and Robert Altman films come to mind. Also soul music and Chicago blues. Walter had a very rough childhood – I’ll spare you the details. Luckily, he was smart as a whip, an excellent guitarist and a great songwriter. He was cynical about human nature, including his own, and hysterically funny. Like a lot of kids from fractured families, he had the knack of creative mimicry, reading people’s hidden psychology and transforming what he saw into bubbly, incisive art. He used to write letters (never meant to be sent) in my wife Libby’s singular voice that made the three of us collapse with laughter. His habits got the best of him by the end of the seventies, and we lost touch for a while. 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. I intend to keep the music we created together alive as long as I can with the Steely Dan band.'
Donald Fagen
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Reply #26 posted 09/05/17 3:38pm

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Except that early rock crap.

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Reply #27 posted 09/05/17 4:44pm

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cry Man, i really don't know what to say. Steely Dan are one of the best groups of the last 40, 50 years. And in my opinion, Walter Becker was one of the best guitarists, bassists, songwriters and composers of that same time period. Steely Dan is in my top 5 of band, so I'm hella bummed... Big time. sad




Life is so very short...




Rest In Peace, Walter. rose













Rest in Peace Bettie Boo. See u soon.
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Reply #28 posted 09/05/17 8:50pm

MickyDolenz

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Reply #29 posted 09/05/17 10:02pm

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There are VERY few things in the world quite as magical as a childhood spent in 1970s America. Thank you Walter Becker.

[Edited 9/5/17 22:08pm]

[Edited 9/5/17 22:09pm]

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