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Remembering the enduring influence of Walter Becker and Steely Dan

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Musician Walter Becker of Steely Dan performs onstage during day 1 of the 2015 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (Weekend 1) at the Empire Polo Club on April 10, 2015 in Indio, California. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella

Walter Becker, half of the Grammy-awarding-winning musical duo Steely Dan, has died. He was 67.

Throughout his life and career, Becker was known for blending elements of jazz, R&B and traditional pop music with his bandmate Donald Fagen. The band formed in the early ‘70s and obtained commercial and critical success throughout the following decades. They were known for such hits as “Deacon Blues” and “Reelin’ in the Years.”

The band’s album “Two Against Nature,” released in 2000, won four Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year. Steely Dan’s last release was in 2003, but both Becker and Fagen have continued releasing music.

Over the weekend, Becker’s daughter, Sayan Becker, posted the news of her father’s death online. In her short tribute, she remembers her father’s intense love of music.

“You loved music more than anyone I know,” she writes. “You’re always bobbing your head to each beat, doing a little dance here and there, or sitting over there with your big headphones on and swaying back and forth.”

Guest:

Mikael Wood, pop music critic for the LA Times; his piece, looking at Walter Becker’s influence, appeared in this weekend’s paper

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