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  • New York City To Honor Walter Becker With Street Name

    New York City To Honor Walter Becker With Street Name

    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... »

  • In Memoriam: Walter Becker

    In Memoriam: Walter Becker

    It’s another tough day in the music world. Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker has died at the age of 67. A cause of death was not announced. Fellow Steely Dan songwriter Donald Fagen paid tribute to him in a piece for Rolling Stone: “Walter Becker was my friend, my writing partner and my bandmate since... »

  • Bass Transcription: Walter Becker’s Bass Line on Steely Dan’s “Gaucho”

    Bass Transcription: Walter Becker’s Bass Line on Steely Dan’s “Gaucho”

    This month I chose the self-titled track from Steely Dan’s 1981 record, as a focus of study. I had never heard this group before, though my friends told me all the time there are a lot of good studio musicians on the band’s records. I never was interested in their music until recently when I... »

  • Aidan Hampson Releases Steely Dan Transcription Book

    Aidan Hampson Releases Steely Dan Transcription Book

    Steely Dan fans will want to check out Aidan Hampson’s latest transcription book, which documents the bass lines from the band’s biggest hits. The 13-song collection covers their most prolific period from 1972’s Can’t Buy a Thrill to 1980’s Gaucho. Featuring hits like “Reelin’ In The Years”, “My Old School”, “Peg”, and more, the book... »