2018-07-04 / Front Page

Walter Becker Of Steely Dan Receives Street Co-Naming Honor

Walter Carl Becker, co-founder of Steely Dan.Walter Carl Becker, co-founder of Steely Dan.Walter Carl Becker (Feb. 20, 1950 - Sept. 03, 2017), was an American musician, songwriter, guitarist, bassist and record producer. In 1971, Becker and his partner, Donald Fagen, formed the jazz-rock band Steely Dan, producing music that was highly regarded by critics and fellow musicians alike. His partnership with Fagen produced music that sustained a devoted audience for over 40 years, and his solo output enjoyed uncommon critical success.

The New York City Council bestows street co-naming honors on New York activists, cultural heroes, and community leaders whose contribution has a lasting impact on the city, the country, and the world. NYC Council Member Karen Koslowitz of the 29th District (Forest Hills) sponsored Becker by way of a legislative bill, which was approved by a full council vote on June 28.

Becker was a native of Forest Hills, growing up at 112-20 72nd Drive. The “Walter Becker Way” street sign will be installed at the corner of his childhood home, at 112th Street and 72nd Drive.

The date for the street sign unveiling ceremony is Sunday Oct. 28.

Steely Dan sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and helped define the soundtrack of the ‘70s with hits such as “Reelin’ in the Years,” “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” “FM,” “Peg,” “Hey Nineteen,” “Deacon Blues,” and “Babylon Sisters,” culled from their seven platinum albums issued between 1972 and 1980. They reunited in the early 90s, launching over a dozen sold-out tours which continued into 2017.

In 2000 they released multi-Grammy winner (including Album of the Year) “Two Against Nature,” and released its acclaimed follow-up “Everything Must Go” in 2003. They received The ASCAP Founder’s Award in 2000 and were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.


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