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Walter Becker

Walter Becker photo 2008

Walter Becker Biography

Walter Becker was born in New York City on February 20, 1950; he was involved in music since his childhood, when he started to play melodica, saxophone, acoustic guitar and bass. Becker met Donald Fagen at Bard College in Annandale-On Hudson, New York in 1967. They formed several college bands and also started to write songs together. But it was in 1972 in Los Angeles, that they formed the internationally renowned Jazz-influenced Rock band Steely Dan.

Steely Dan punctuated the remainder of the decade with six releases, but after the appearance of 1980's "Gaucho" they went separate ways. By this time Fagen had returned to New York, where he briefly launched a career as a solo artist; Becker retired to Hawaii and removed himself from the music scene entirely for several years. In the mid-'80s he resumed activity once again, but as a producer rather than a performer, helming the third and fifth albums by China Crisis, before moving on to releases by Rickie Lee Jones, Michael Franks and then numerous others in the '90s including Fagen's second solo album, "Kamakiriad".
Walter Becker and Donald Fagen re-formed Steely Dan in 1994 but they didn't put out a new album.

Between tours with the band, Becker released his first solo effort "11 Tracks Of Whack" in September 1994, Fagen played keyboards on the record and co-produced it, but the disc failed to achieve commercial success and charted only on the Billboard's Top Heatseekers Albums list, peaking at #11.
After a third tour in 1996, recording for a new Steely Dan album was initiated; it would finally materialize as "Two Against Nature" in 2000 and earn Becker and Fagen their first three Grammy awards. The duo continued their collaborative output in 2003 with "Everything Must Go".

Walter Becker's second proper album, "Circus Money", arrived in June 2008, 14 years after his first solo record.


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Walter Becker pictures:

  • Walter Becker mid 70s
    Walter Becker with Donald Fagen in mid-'70s