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Interview with Walter Becker on America Online

OnlineHost: He hooked up with Donald Fagen to form Steely Dan. That was twenty-odd years ago. Their first album Can’t Buy a Thrill quickly went gold. The group went on to record a total of seven commercially successful and critically acclaimed albums which included Pretzel Logic (1974), Aja (1977), and Gaucho (1979) as well as numerous hit singles. OnlineHost: About 1980 or so, Steely Dan […]

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Steely Dan (Half of It, That Is) Strikes Back

By Jon Pareles The New York Times Fifteen years later, we find out who put the edge into Steely Dan. It was Walter Becker, who played bass and guitar and left the lead vocals to his songwriting partner, Donald Fagen. On his first solo album, 11 Tracks of Whack, Becker brings back everything fans cherished […]

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Press release from Walter Becker’s 11 Tracks of Whack

Born in New York City in 1950. Mr. Becker makes his debut as a music lover while huddled in the back seat of his father’s cream and flesh colored Ford Fairlane. As it hurtles down the Henry Hudson Parkway, he watches the advertising billboards slide by and is hypnotized by the rhythmic swooshing of the […]

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Walter Becker's 11 Tracks of Whack

The Reinventing of Walter Becker

Steely Dan’s resident reticent artist sings his own songs on a new solo album, 11 Tracks of Whack.’ He performs tonight at the Blockbuster Pavilion in Devore. By Chris Willman Los Angeles Times After more than two decades in the public eye, formerly close-mouthed Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker put himself into the public ear […]

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Steely Dan’s Silence is Broken

By Larry Katz Boston Herald Walter Becker is no longer Steely Dan’s silent partner. “My inner child is screaming like a banshee,” he says. That’s because his adult self is singing onstage with Steely Dan and on a first solo album, “11 Tracks of Whack,” which lands in stores Sept. 27. The seldom-heard-from Becker’s emergence […]

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Reunion Moves Step by Step

By J. D. Considine Baltimore Sun Walter Becker still remembers what happened when word first got around that he and Donald Fagen were writing songs together again. This was 1986, just six years after the two had called it quits for Steely Dan, and already, the interest in a reunion album was enormous. “We had […]

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Metal Leg 22 – August 1993

Editor’s Note: From 1987 through 1994, diehard Steely Dan fans turned to a small fanzine called Metal Leg for information about Donald Fagen and Walter Becker. Published first by England’s Brian Sweet (who went on to write the unofficial band biography Steely Dan: Reelin’ In The Years) and later by New Yorkers Pete Fogel and […]

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The Unabridged Walter Becker Interview

By Christopher Hoard Jazziz October 1991, Lower Manhattan just another gig at the Road House, featuring Walter Becker’s one-time songwriting partner sitting in on keyboards with guitarist Jimmy Vivino’s feisty blues rock and R&B house band. With the four-piece horn section, Vivino’s New York Nights renders tunes like “Deacon Blues” and “Green Earrings” with an accuracy and looseness that celebrates the […]

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Becker Reels In Years with Solo Effort

By Melinda Newman Billboard Donald Fagen isn’t the only ex-Steely Dan member with a new album coming out. Walter Becker is hard at work in his Maui recording studio recording his first-ever solo record to be released on Giant Records. Becker, who hasn’t recorded since Steely Dan’s last album in 1980, was spurred on by […]

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Becker ‘Steels’ Production Spotlight

By Susan Nunziata Billboard NEW YORK — Producer Walter Becker is hoping to demonstrate the evolution of his production style with a series of jazz recordings for Triloka Records. Recording the material live to multitrack, with only occasional overdubs and effects, represents a dramatic change from his days performing in and co-producing Steely Dan with […]

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