Tributes for Steely Dan's Walter Becker

Tributes for Steely Dan's Walter Becker

Tributes have been paid to Steely Dan’s Walter Becker, who died on Sunday (September 3) aged 67. A cause of death has not been disclosed.

Becker was co-founder of the band with lead singer and keyboard player Donald Fagen. The pair met at Bard College in New York.

"He was smart as a whip, an excellent guitarist and a great songwriter,” wrote Fagen in tribute. “He was cynical about human nature, including his own, and hysterically funny."

Becker was forced to miss Steely Dan concerts in July as he was recovering from a medical procedure.

Mark Ronson, who produced the current No.1 album by Queens Of The Stone Age, tweeted that Becker was “one half of the team I aspire to every time I sit down at a piano.”

Ryan Adams wrote on social media that Becker “changed my life with music”.

John Darnielle, of The Mountain Goats, tweeted: “Steely Dan changed the way I understand music forever”.

Slash posted a photo of Becker on Instagram, writing “RIP #WalterBecker”, while Danny Baker said Becker had created a body of work “the equal of any in popular music”.

For Radio 2’s Bob Harris, Steely Dan and Becker “invented a unique style”.

Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow said: “Walter and Steely Dan set the standard for sophisticated progressive pop, and he will be greatly missed. Our condolences go out to his family, friends and colleagues.”

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