Walter Becker, co-founder of Grammy-winning jazz rock band Steely Dan, died Sunday, according to his website, which did not disclose a cause of death. Becker was 67.
Becker played lead guitar in the band he founded with keyboardist and singer Donald Fagen. Scoring hits like Reeling in the Years and Rikki Don't Lose That Number in the 1970s. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, the band became known for their dry wit, jazz harmonies, and pop hooks.
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>> That same year, Steely Dan won the Grammy for Album of the Year, where Becker gave a shout-out to his fans.>> I think what it shows, amongst other things, is that our fans, the ones that have survived, have exceeded to positions of power and influence.
And it's very flattering that there are still so many people that are listening to what we do.>> Celebrities taking to Twitter to express their condolences. Judd Apatow tweeting, I have played no band more often or enjoyed any music more than Steely Dan. They have always make me deliriously happy.
Rest in peace, Walter Becker. Fagen, in a statement, vowing to keep the music alive as long as he can with the Steely Dan Band.