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Donald Fagen Biography

Donald Fagen was born on January 10, 1948, in Passaic, New Jersey USA and he is generally regarded as one of the finest Jazz-Rock singer+keyboardist & composer. Fagen learned to play piano in his youth and put together his first Jazz ensemble while still in high school; in 1967 he met Walter Becker at New York's Bard College, the pair soon began playing their own brand of music and after relocating to Los Angeles, in the early '70s, they formed Steely Dan scoring an unexpected top 10 chart hit with the magnificent "Do It Again". Though the band didn't perform live after 1974, Steely Dan's popularity continued to grow throughout the decade, as their albums became critical favorites and their singles became staples of Pop-Rock radio stations. After 1980's "Gaucho" album, Fagen and Becker parted company, nonetheless, they helped each other with various individual projects in ensuing years.

Once again living in New York, Donald Fagen then launched his solo career releasing "The Nightfly" in October 1982, it peaked at #11 on the U.S. Top 200 LPs & Tapes chart and its main single, "I.G.Y.", reached the #26 spot on the Pop Sales chart and #17 on the Billboard's Mainstream Rock list; "New Frontier" followed, reaching the #70 position on the Pop Singles chart.
He spent the rest of the decade out of the spotlight, during which time he penned little more than a handful of songs for film soundtracks including "Century's End", recorded for the movie "Bright Lights, Big City" with Michael J. Fox, released in 1988, this single reached #83 on The Billboard Hot 100 and hit #12 on The Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.
In 1993 Fagen recorded his second second solo album, "Kamakiriad", with Walter Becker producing, the record climbed into the top 10 of The Billboard 200 list upon its May release and the lead single, "Tomorrow's Girls", hit the top 20 of The Mainstream Rock chart.

The success of the album and the revue convinced the two to renew their partnership and in addition to performing concerts, Fagen and Becker finally rleased 2000's "Two Against Nature", a collection of new Steely Dan material which garnered them three Grammy Awards.

March 2006 saw Donald Fagen issue a new solo album on Reprise Records; featuring nine new songs written by Fagen, "Morph The Cat" was his first solo effort in 13 years; led by the single "H Gang", the disc peaked at #26 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.

In October 2012 arrived the artist's fourth solo effort, "Sunken Condos"; it debuted at #12 on The Billboard 200.


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