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NEW YORK CITY NAMES A STREET AFTER WALTER BECKER OF STEELY DAN

The Street Where Becker Grew Up in Queens Will Become
"Walter Becker Way"

 
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JULY 10, 2018 (New York, NY) -- Walter Becker, a co-founder of Steely Dan, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and an artist of uncommonly unique solo output, will be posthumously honored when the street where he grew up in the Forest Hills section of Queens will be co-named "Walter Becker Way." A street sign, to be officially unveiled on October 28th, will grace the corner of 112th Street and 72nd Drive. This represents the kind of street credibility that Becker truly would have appreciated!

The October 28th unveiling will be accompanied by a ceremony that will include special guests, remembrances from Becker's friends and colleagues, as well as very special give-aways. The event will be presented by New York's Classic Rock Q104.3, and all the day's festivities will be planned and organized by Becker's loyal, enthusiastic fans.

"Walter's fans have decades of experience holding 'Danfests' throughout the country," says Becker's widow, Delia, "and they always find innovative and eclectic ways of celebrating. It will undoubtedly be a fun and free gathering to honor and commemorate Walter as only they can!"

The New York City Council bestows street co-naming honors on New York activists, cultural heroes, and community leaders whose contribution has a lasting impact on the city, the country, and the world. The motion to co-name "Walter Becker Way" was put forward by New York City Council Member Karen Koslowitz of the 29th District (Forest Hills) by way of a legislative bill, which was approved by a full council vote on June 28.

Additional announcements about the October 28th celebration of "Walter Becker Way" will be regularly posted to http://walterbeckerway.com/.

 
       

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In Brief: About Walter Becker


Walter Carl Becker (Feb. 20, 1950 - Sept. 03, 2017), was an American musician, songwriter, guitarist, bassist and record producer. In 1971, Walter Becker and his partner, Donald Fagen, formed the jazz-rock band Steely Dan, creating music that was highly regarded by critics and fellow musicians alike. His partnership with Fagen produced music that sustained a devoted audience for over 40 years, and his solo output enjoyed uncommon critical success.

Steely Dan sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and helped define the soundtrack of the '70s with hits such as "Reelin' in the Years," "Rikki Don't Lose That Number," "F.M.," "Peg," "Hey Nineteen," "Deacon Blues," and "Babylon Sisters," culled from their seven platinum albums issued between 1972 and 1980 (including 1977's groundbreaking Aja). They reunited in the early '90s, launching over a dozen sold-out tours which continued into 2017.

In 2000 they released the multi-Grammy winner (including Album of the Year) Two Against Nature, and followed by its acclaimed album, Everything Must Go in 2003. They received The ASCAP Founder's Award in 2000 and were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

Walter's solo releases include 1994's 11 Tracks of Whack, which was featured in Jon Pareles' (New York Times) Top Ten list for the year. Its long-awaited follow-up, Circus Money (2008), became an instant classic among critics and fans. Currently, Becker's Estate is offering free, hi-fidelity downloads of unreleased tracks at walterbeckermedia.com

 

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