Walter Becker, co-founder of the legendary Steely Dan, has died at age 67.
As Variety notes about Becker and co-founder Donald Fagen, “The pair’s gimlet-eyed, covertly perverse music, garbed in gleaming pop melodies, bebop-derived harmonies and shimmering production, was variously performed with a core working band in the group’s initial heyday; those players were ultimately, and permanently, supplanted by a rotating cast of mostly jazz-schooled studio sidemen.”
In a statement, (see below) Fagen complimented his long-time partner as “An excellent guitarist — great songwriter”
NEW: Walter Becker of Steely Dan passes away at 67; bandmate Donald Fagen remembers him as “an excellent guitarist and a great songwriter.” pic.twitter.com/3CcHHZvFO4
— ABC News (@ABC) September 3, 2017