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There was always a time and a place for their music in my world. Didn't listen often because when and where I was drove toward their selection. I can say this, they are so unique that another band cannot occupy the same place in my life, they had no contemporaries and will likely have no others filling the void. Very cool rhythms and song writing but also fantastic musicians. Feels the same as losing JJ Cale and Guy Clark once the entirety of this band disappears.


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They were scheduled to play River Spirit Event Center in Tulsa on October 12. I was planning on attending that one if I were going to be in town. They are indeed unique and it will be different without them. I realize Donald has had incredible music as a solo artist too, but it will not be the same without Walter.

It always makes me smile to hear Steely Dan music playing while waiting for other concerts to begin at the Brady Theater.
 

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Steely Dan's Walter Becker dies aged 67



Walter Becker, co-founder and guitarist for the US band Steely Dan, has died aged 67, an announcement on his website said.

No cause of death or other details were given.

Becker missed the band's July concerts to recover from an unspecified condition, band mate Donald Fagen said at the time.

The jazz-rock group has sold more than 40m albums and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

"Walter's recovering from a procedure and hopefully he'll be fine very soon," Fagen told Billboard magazine earlier this month.

In a statement, he said his band mate was "smart as a whip, an excellent guitarist and a great songwriter.

"He was cynical about human nature, including his own, and hysterically funny," he said.

"I intend to keep the music we created together alive as long as I can with the Steely Dan band."

Becker and Fagen began working on music together as students in New York.

In the early 1970s they moved to California to set up the band with guitarists Jeff Baxter and Denny Dias, drummer Jim Hodder and singer David Palmer.

Steely Dan - named after a sex toy in the book Naked Lunch by William Burroughs - released its first album Can't Buy a Thrill in 1972.

Becker, who also provided backing vocals, and keyboardist and singer Fagen remained the core band members as other musicians and singers came and left.

The band split up in 1981 but reformed in 1993 and released two more albums, one of which - Two Against nature - won the Grammy album of the year award.

Becker also had a career as a solo artist, releasing two albums including Circus Money in 2008.

Musicians and DJs were quick to pay tribute on social media.

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-41140441
I'm a big Steely Dan fan. I saw them at River Bend in Cincy and it was the second best concert I've ever seen (the best was Ray Charles at the Fox Theater in Atlanta where he had been kept from playing in the 60's).

When I was at OSU I was friends with one of the DJs. I talked him into playing Steely Dan for the Sunday Night Feature Hour, but he said they only had a couple of Steely Dan cartridges. So, I brought my albums and we spun them. We ended up going about 2-1/2 hours and played deep cuts. We got flood with phone calls telling us how great the "hour" was. It was a blast.