Belfast Telegraph

Tributes paid to Steely Dan icon following death at 67

By Laura Harding

Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker has died at the age of 67. The guitarist and bassist founded the jazz rock band with Donald Fagen in 1972 alongside guitarists Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter and Denny Dias, drummer Jim Hodder and singer David Palmer.

Becker, who also provided backing vocals, and Fagen remained the core band members as others came and left.

Fagen paid tribute to his friend as "hysterically funny" and promised to keep their music alive as long as he can.

The group sold more than 40 million albums and were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2001. They are due to play shows in Dublin and London at the end of October.

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