Photo by Sandrine Lee
The world lost a musical icon in September 2017 with the passing of Walter Becker. A founder of Steely Dan, Becker played bass on much of the band’s work including the songs “Reelin’ In The Years,” “Dirty Work,” “My Old School,” “Deacon Blues,” and more. His musical legacy is cemented, but now his legacy will be further strengthened in his hometown of New York City after the announcement that a street will be renamed for him.
Becker’s childhood street will have a sign for “Walter Becker Way” at the corner of 112th Street and 72nd Drive in the Forest Hills neighborhood in Queens. The sign will be unveiled with a ceremony on October 28th that will include special guests, remembrances of Becker, and special giveaways. It will be presented by New York’s Classic Rock Q104.3 with the planning and organization done by fans.
“Walter’s fans have decades of experience holding ‘Danfests’ throughout the country, and they always find innovative and eclectic ways of celebrating,” Becker’s widow, Delia, said in a press release. “It will undoubtedly be a fun and free gathering to honor and commemorate Walter as only they can!”
More info and updates on the event can be found on the Walter Becker Way website.