Stars pay tribute to late Steely Dan cofounder Walter Becker

Steely Dan's Walter Becker Passes Away at 67

Musician Walter Becker of Steely Dan performs onstage during day 1 of the 2015 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.

Walter Becker, the songwriter and musician who co-founded jazz-influenced rock band Steely Dan, died Sunday at the age of 67, Variety reports.

His death was announced in a brief notice on his official website, with no further details released.

Becker was born February 20, 1950, in Queens, N.Y., and was raised in the borough community, Variety reports.

Steely Dan was booked for the Classic East and Classic West concerts this summer, however, Becker missed both performances.

The Queens-reproduced Becker and Fagen propelled their melodic heritage together in the mid '70s subsequent to meeting at Bard College. Despite the ever-changing lineup, Steely Dan made their stamp on music with a string of pristine, musically sophisticated albums that blurred the lines of jazz, pop, rock and soul.

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This is a developing story; check back for updates and get the PIX11 News app to stay informed all day. Luckily, he was smart as a whip, an excellent guitarist and a great songwriter.

"He was cynical about human nature, including his own, and hysterically amusing", Fagen said.

They penned several hits, including Do It Again, Reeling' in the Years and Rikki Don't Lose That Number. The album would eventually win the Grammy Award for album of the year, and Steely Dan remained a touring force.

In a recent interview with Billboard, bandmate Donald Fagen said that Becker had undergone an operation that left him unable to tour with the band. If you're a Steely Dan fan you have to check out the Aja documentary. insane.

Becker also recorded two solo albums, 1994's 11 Tracks Of Whack and 2008's Circus Money, and produced Fagen's 1993 album, Kamakiriad.

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