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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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October 4th, 2018

   
 

 

 

On Sunday, October 28th at 12NOON, fans, friends and relatives of Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker will gather in the Forest Hills section of Queens - the neighborhood where he grew up - to celebrate the naming of a street in his honor. A sign proclaiming "Walter Becker Way" will be officially unveiled on the corner of 112th Street and 72nd Drive. The humor, liveliness and personal nature of this celebration assure that this commemoration will truly be marked in the Walter Becker way!

Becker would have appreciated that the day's celebration has been entirely planned and organized by his loyal, enthusiastic fans who were such an important part of the musical community that surrounded him throughout his life. Presented by New York's Classic Rock Q104.3, the hour-long ceremony will begin with opening remarks by New York City Council Member Karen Koslowitz of the 29th District (Forest Hills), who proposed the street renaming.

The event's keynote speaker will be screenwriter Howard A. Rodman, who met Becker in the neighborhood when they were both ten and remained his lifelong friend. In a moving memorial to Becker in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Rodman wrote that, even at ten, Becker was "extravagant about letting the rest of us know what to listen to, what to read, what to watch…. He'd say, 'You're going to like this in a year or so, so why don't you start now and save yourself some time?'"

In addition, the event will also feature reminiscences, trivia games, contests and giveaways– all related to the life and music of Walter Becker, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Steely Dan and whose solo career was characteristically sly, provocative and unique

Information about the October 28th celebration of "Walter Becker Way" will also be 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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