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milkmeister
Posted: Monday, September 4, 2017 8:30:48 AM
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Another music legend leaves us.http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-41140441
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Posted: Monday, September 4, 2017 8:53:16 AM

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Walter Becker, the guitarist, bassist and co-founder of the rock duo Steely Dan, one of the most successful and adventurous groups of the 1970s and early 1980s, died on Sunday aged 67.

His death was announced on his official website which gave no other details. He lived in Maui, Hawaii.
Becker had missed performances in Los Angeles and New York earlier this year.

Donald Fagen, the band's other co-founder and lead singer, told Billboard last month that Becker had been "recovering from a procedure, and hopefully he'll be fine very soon". He gave no other details.
Steely Dan had little use for rock's excesses, creating instead a sophisticated, jazz-inflected sound with tricky harmonies. Becker was the primary arranger.

Starting in 1972, after Becker and Fagen had met at Bard College, the group produced hit singles like "Do It Again," "Reelin' In the Years," "Rikki Don't Lose That Number" and "Deacon Blues," as well as a raft of critically lauded albums, including "Pretzel Logic," "The Royal Scam," "Aja" and "Gaucho," the latter two widely regarded as their most artistically accomplished.

The typically calm tempos of Steely Dan's music held unlikely musical twists and inventive lyrics on an eclectic range of topics, among them stock-market crashes, Puerto Rican immigration, junkies, cheating lovers, a space alien and a suicidal couch potato.


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http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/walter-becker-cocreator-of-steely-dan-dies-aged-67-20170903-gya0om.html

Heading out for the East Coast / Lord knows I've paid some dues gettin' through, / Tangled up in blues.
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Posted: Monday, September 4, 2017 8:57:39 AM
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so glad I saw them at day on the green at sirromet wines a few years back. a great gig.13 piece band.played every steely dan song I loved
.R.I.P. WALTER.
I guess I take them off my bluesfest wish list.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DldHv55ji6U


I don't want to hang up my rock n roll shoes
I get a good time feeling every time I hear those blues.
repete
Posted: Monday, September 4, 2017 12:23:54 PM
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Sad news. I rate The Royal Scam as one of the truly great albums of all time. Very edgy and just as amazing now, 40 years on, as when it was first released.
RIP Walter.

Hangin' out on Frenchmen
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Posted: Monday, September 4, 2017 6:20:19 PM
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Way ahead of the rest with a library to prove it........ sad news indeed.
regards
Posted: Tuesday, September 5, 2017 10:07:31 AM
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Very sad.

Ricki Lee Jones did and excellent tribute in writing somewhere that I am too dumb to post. But I think it was Rolling Stone online.

I am very lucky that I got to see Steely Dan twice at JazzFest in the last 10 years or so, and they sounded amazing both times

RIP
milkmeister
Posted: Tuesday, September 5, 2017 10:36:08 AM
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regards wrote:
Very sad.

Ricki Lee Jones did and excellent tribute in writing somewhere that I am too dumb to post. But I think it was Rolling Stone online.

I am very lucky that I got to see Steely Dan twice at JazzFest in the last 10 years or so, and they sounded amazing both times

RIP


http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/read-rickie-lee-jones-poignant-tribute-to-walter-becker-w501078
valkrie
Posted: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 10:38:23 AM
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Extremely sad news. Steely Dan set the bar for musicians to aspire to. From 'Aja' to "Tahitian Divorce', all their music are masterpieces. Perfection. They taught me how to listen and appreciate brilliant music. Thank you for your music Walter Becker.
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