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Steely Dan Co-Founder Walter Becker Dead At 67

Walter Becker, the co-founder of Steely Dan died over Labor Day weekend. His official website made the announcement early on Sunday, September 3rd. No cause of death has been disclosed for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. However, Becker had recently suffered illness causing him to miss a July 15th concert.

Becker started Steely Dan with Donald Fagen in 1972, and performed lead guitar as well as backing vocals for the band. Steely Dan enjoyed early success, with their debut album Can't Buy a Thrill scoring two hits on the Billboard singles chart. Do It Again and Reelin' In The Years were number 6 and 11 respectively.

In 1974 they released Pretzel Logic, which included Billboard hit no. 4 Rikki Don't Lose That Number. This was the first Steely Dan album to feature Becker on guitar. The group won a Grammy for their 1977 album 1977, which climbed to the Top Five in the U.S. charts within a month of being released, and has sold over 1 million copies.

Steely Dan called it quits in 1981, and Becker left the music scene to become an avocado rancher. By 1986 Becker and Fagen overcame the differences which led to the Steely Dan breakup, and begun writing new songs. In 1993 the band reunited to tour, but did not record any new albums until 2000's Two Against Nature. The new album won four Grammy Awards, and was followed up in 2003 by Everything Must Go.