Walter Becker

Walter Becker ( born February 20, 1950 in Queens, New York City ) is an American musician.

Life and career

Walter Becker attended Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan and then the Bard College in New York, where he met his longtime musical collaborators Donald Fagen to 1967. The then deputy prosecutor Gordon Liddy (later known for his involvement in the Watergate scandal ) complained Becker on 1969 for marijuana possession third degree. Becker and Fagen both played together in several bands, including The Bad Rock Group (later The Leather Canary ), where the later film star Chevy Chase played drums, and went in 1970 with Jay and the Americans on tour.

Besides, Becker and Fagen formed the duo Steely Dan, whose first album was released in 1972, which sold more than 30 million records to date. Becker plays bass guitar and electric guitar; composed together with Fagen and he writes copy also the band's songs.

Becker received (as well as Fagen ) 2001 Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music. On October 30, 2008 Becker was inducted into the Long Iceland Music Hall of Fame.


Solo albums


  • Rickie Lee Jones: Traffic From Paradise (1993 ): Producer
  • China Crisis: " Flaunt The Imperfection" (1985 ) Producer & Arranger

Steely Dan