Steely Dan founding member Walter Becker is celebrating a birthday today!
The band’s origins begin back when Becker met Donald Fagen at Bard College in the late ‘60s. Together, the duo formed several bands, among them The Leather Canary, which included fellow Bard alum Chevy Chase.
Becker, a self-taught musician, talented writer, and guitarist, boasts many accolades – he was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, took home four Grammys during his career, and also received an honorary Doctor of Music degree from the esteem Berklee College of Music.
Becker co-wrote such classics as “Rikki Don’t Lose that Number,” “Dirty Work,” “Reelin’ in the Years,” and “Deacon Blues.”
After his impressive run with Steely Dan, Becker took a stab at a solo career and released 11 Tracks of Whack in 1994 and Circus Money in 2008.
After a few years apart, the dynamic duo of Fagen and Becker were back at it again in 2013 as they hit the road for more than 50 shows. There are rumors swirling that the boys may get back in the studio, but the jury is still out on that one!
Check out his official site for more info and let us know how you feel about the guys (possibly) recording together again in the comments below!