(TRR) – Steely Dan guitarist and co-founder Walter Becker has died. He was 67. The announcement came this morning via Becker’s official website. No details were given as to his cause of death. Back in July, Becker sat out of Steely Dan’s Classic East and West shows due to an undisclosed ailment.
“Walter Becker was my friend, my writing partner and my bandmate since we met as students at Bard College in 1967,” Steely Dan co-founder Donald Fagen wrote in his tribute to Becker. “I intend to keep the music we created together alive as long as I can with the Steely Dan band.”
Steely Dan released their debut LP Can’t Buy A Thrill in 1972. The record produced three hit singles – “Do It Again,” “Dirty Work,” and “Reelin’ In The Years” which became a seminal classic for the group. From there, the band would go on to sell over 40 million albums world wide.
They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. Steely Dan’s last studio effort Everything Must Go cracked the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 back in 2003.