Famed co-found of rock band ‘Steely Dan’ Walter Becker passed away today at the age of 69. Becker left behind a legendary career ranging from the 1970s to present day. Steely Dan was a blend of rock, jazz, R&B and pop. They made song about hot and controversial topics, including recreational drugs, gambling, love affairs, and crime.
Steely Dan broke up in 1981, as Becker moved out to Hawaii and became a record producer. In 1993, the band got back together with the original two members (Walter Becker and Donald Fagen). In 2000, the band won four Grammy Awards for their eighth studio album Two Against Nature.
Becker and Fagen continued with the Steely Dan band up until Fagen’s death. No official cause of death has been released to the public. But let’s take this moment to not dwell upon death, but appreciate the life, music and words of Walter Becker…
Walter Becker Quotes: Best Quotes & Most-Famous Sayings
“I listen to a mixture of old jazz, contemporary, pop, some world beat stuff and various odds and ends.”
“I’m a self-taught musician aside from what I’ve been able to pick up from other players.”
“My primary influences were the best jazz players from the 50’s and 60’s and later some of the pop people from the same time period along with the better of the well known blues musicians.”