Walter Carl Becker, the renowned American bassist, guitarist, record producer songwriter and co-founder of Steely Dan passed away on Sunday, September 3 at the age of 67. His official website proclaimed the news of his death, however, no reasons or other details were given.
Becker was born in Queens and was raised by his father when his British mother moved to England. He was graduated in 1968 from Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, one of New York’s selective public high schools.
He founded Steely Dan along with his co-partner Donald Fagen. Both met at the time of their academics at Bard college. He had passionately dedicated 48 years (1969-2017) of his life to music.
Fagen said in an interview when he first met Becker he was practicing guitar a the campus cafe, he said- “I hear this guy practicing, and it sounded very professional and contemporary. It sounded like, you know, like a black person, really.”
“Walter Becker was my friend, my writing partner and my bandmate since we met as students at Bard College in 1967,” “He was smart as a whip, an excellent guitarist, and a great songwriter. He was cynical about human nature, including his own, and hysterically funny.” Donald Fagen wrote in a tribute to his dearest friend, Becker.