Walter Carl Becker was an American musician, songwriter, and record producer. He was best known as the co-founder, guitarist, bassist, and co-songwriter of the jazz rock band Steely Dan. Becker met future songwriting partner Donald Fagen while they were students at Bard College. After a brief period of activity in New York City, the two moved to Los Angeles in 1971 and formed the nucleus of Steely Dan, which enjoyed a critically and commercially successful ten-year career. Following the group’s dissolution, Becker moved to Hawaii and reduced his musical activity, working primarily as a record producer. In 1985, he briefly became a member of the English band China Crisis, producing and playing synthesizer on their album Flaunt the Imperfection. Becker and Fagen reformed Steely Dan in 1993 and remained active, recording Two Against Nature, which won four Grammy Awards. Becker released two solo albums 11 Tracks of Whack and Circus Money.
|Birth name:||Walter Carl Becker|
|Born:||February 20, 1950, Queens, New York, U.S.|
|Died:||September 3, 2017, Manhattan, New York, U.S.|
|Occupation(s):||Musician, songwriter, record producer|
|Instruments:||Guitar, bass guitar, vocals|
|Labels:||ABC, MCA, Giant, Reprise, Warner Bros.|
|Associated acts:||Jay and the Americans, Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, China Crisis|
|Website:||Walter Becker’s Official site|
|IMDb:||Walter Becker’s IMDb|
About Walter Becker
American guitarist, singer, and producer who was a founding member of the rock band Steely Dan. He has also worked as a music producer.
He switched from saxophone to guitar as a teenager and learned to play blues from a neighbor.
He attended Bard College.
He was born and raised in Queens.
He co-founded Steely Dan with his college friend Donald Fagen.
Information related to Walter Becker
- Jazz-rock guitarists
- Bard College alumni
- Stuyvesant High School alumni
- American rock bass guitarists
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