Walter Becker (born Walter Carl Becker, 20 February 1950, in Queens, New York) is an American musician and record producer. He is best known as the co-founder, guitarist, bassist and half of the duo which make-up the rock band Steely Dan.
He met his long-time musical partner, the other half of Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, while attending Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Becker and Fagen, along with now famous actor/comedian Chevy Chase, formed a college band called The Leather Canary. At the time, Chase called the group "a bad jazz band." Becker and Fagen's youthful career also included a stint with Jay and the Americans under pseudonyms, and in the early 1970s, as pop songwriters, prior to forming Steely Dan.
Following Steely Dan's breakup in 1981, Becker moved to Hawaii, and began a career as a record producer, producing artists as diverse as Rickie Lee Jones, China Crisis and Michael Franks. Becker is actually credited as one of five official members of China Crisis on the sleeve of their 1985 album Flaunt The Imperfection, which he also produced; he also produced tracks on their 1989 album Diary of a Hollow Horse, although he is not credited as a band member on that release.
Becker reunited with Fagen briefly to collaborate on the debut album of U.S. singer, former fashion model Rosie Vela. Their partnership resumed in the mid-1990s as they undertook a tour under the Steely Dan moniker in 1993, and Becker produced Fagen's album Kamakiriad in that year as well. In turn, Fagen co-produced Becker's belated solo debut album, 11 Tracks of Whack.
Becker and Fagen reunited again in 2000 to release the first Steely Dan studio album in two decades, Two Against Nature, which won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Everything Must Go followed in 2003.
Interview: Steely Dan members Walter Becker and Donald Fagen discuss the group's new album, "Everything Must Go"
Aug 06, 2003; STEVE INSKEEP NPR Morning Edition 08-06-2003 Interview: Steely Dan members Walter Becker and Donald Fagen discuss the group's new...
ON THE ROAD AGAIN WALTER BECKER AND DONALD FAGEN REV STEELY DAN UP TO '90S SPEED.(Entertainment/ Weekend/ Spotlight)
Aug 06, 1996; Byline: Michael Mehle Rocky Mountain News Popular Music Writer Steely Dan spent the '70s in the studio, cranking out jazz-laced...