OMG! One Of The FOUNDERS Of Rock And Roll Just Passed Away… This Is Horrible

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We are saddened to report that the great Walter Becker, guitarist and the co-founder of band Steely Dan, died Sunday, his official site announced. He was 67 years old.

The announcement did not reveal Becker’s cause of death or any other details.

Donald Fagen, co-founder and lead singer of Steely Dan, told Billboard in early August Becker was “recovering from a procedure and hopefully he’ll be fine very soon.” Becker’s doctor advised the guitarist not to leave his Maui home for the performances.

Following the death of Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker, his longtime collaborator and bandmate Donald Fagen penned a tribute to the guitarist/bassist who died at the age of 67, Rolling Stone reported.

In the tribute, Fagen reminisces about their time as college students and how a “very rough childhood” in part molded Becker into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted artist he became. Fagen also promises to “keep the music we created together alive as long as I can with the Steely Dan band.”

Read Fagen’s remembrance of Becker in full below:

“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

September 3 2017

Becker had missed two performances with the band during its Classic West and Classic East concerts, Fox News reported.

Steely Dan disbanded in 1981, but came back in 1993 and has been touring since then. The band released several albums including “Two Against Nature,” which won four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year.

Steely Dan was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

In keeping with the band’s legacy of going against the grain, Becker and Fagen used their Rock Hall acceptance speech to take questions from the crowd:

This one hits me pretty hard. When I was a kid my older brother was friends with the guys in the band and actually my brothers band rehearsed at the same studio in North Hollywood.

I got to hang out and watch Steely Dan rehearsing- I was probably 12 years old or so.

The drummer, Jeff Porcaro became a very good friend of my family. My mother used to be the Porcaro’s housekeeper and I would go with her and Jeff would let me play his drums. He taught me how to play and I eventually played drums professionally with some major bands including Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and numerous other punk and new wave bands.

Jeff would visit my family at our house in Burbank and would always show up with a dozen roses for my mother.

Anyways, thanks for some of the greatest music ever recorded Walter Becker and rest in peace my brother.

God Bless.

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