We got the news today that Walter Becker, one of the two main men – with Donald Fagen – behind Steely Dan, had died. The band were due to tour the UK this autumn. I read that Fagen said that the current tour would go on. I hope so, because it will be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the work of Walter Becker and Steely Dan. They are due to play the O2 Arena in London in November. A whole load of us are going.
Recently I wrote a Steely Dan Top Twenty blog at the request of one of my friends. It sparked off quite a debate amongst us about what should be in that twenty. That is because there are just so many good songs. As I said in my book on music, “I Was There – A Musical Journey“:
You just immerse yourself in the groove, in the lusciousness of it all. The quality. The most reliable sound around. If in doubt, put on the Dan… it always makes sense.
It couldn’t have happened without Walter Becker.