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On September 3, 2017.

On September 3, 2017, Walter Carl Becker died aged 67. He was musician, songwriter, and record producer, best known as the co-founder, guitarist, bassist and co-songwriter of Steely Dan. He has briefly been member of the group China Crisis, and has recorded two solo albums:

  • 11 Tracks of Whack(1994)
  • Circus Money(2008)

 

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In July 1973.

In July 1973, “ABC” label released “Countdown to Ecstasy”, the second Steely Dan studio album. It was recorded in 1973, at “Caribou Ranch” in Nederland, “The Village Recorder” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Gary Katz. The cover painting was by Dorothy White.

Personnel:

  • Donald Fagen– acoustic and electric pianos, synthesizer, lead vocals
  • Walter Becker– electric bass, harmonica, background vocals
  • Denny Dias– electric guitar, mixing
  • Jeff “Skunk” Baxter– electric and pedal steel guitars
  • Jim Hodder– drums, percussion, background vocals
  • Ray Brown– string bass
  • Ben Benay– acoustic guitar
  • Rick Derringer– slide guitar
  • Victor Feldman– vibraphone, marimba, percussion
  • Ernie Watts, Johnny Rotella, Lanny Morgan, Bill Perkins– saxophones
  • Sherlie Matthews, Myrna Matthews, Patricia Hall, David Palmer, James Rolleston, Michael Fennelly– background vocals
  • Engineer: Roger Nichols
  • Assistant engineer: Miss Natalie
  • Album design: Dotty of Hollywood
  • Photography: Ed Caraeff

Track listing:

All tracks by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen.

  1. Bodhisattva
  2. Razor Boy
  3. The Boston Rag
  4. Your Gold Teeth
  5. Show Biz Kids
  6. My Old School
  7. Pearl of the Quarter
  8. King of the World

In March 1975.

In March 1975, “ABC Records” label released “Katy Lied” the fourth Steely Dan album. It was recorded November 1974-January 1975, at “ABS Studios” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Gary Katz.

Personnel:

  • Donald Fagen– vocals, piano, keyboards, saxophone
  • Walter Becker– bass, guitar
  • Michael Omartian, David Paich– pianos, keyboards
  • Hugh McCracken– guitar
  • Denny Dias– guitar
  • Rick Derringer– guitar
  • Dean Parks– guitar
  • Elliott Randall– guitar
  • Larry Carlton– guitar
  • Wilton Felder, Chuck Rainey– bass guitars
  • Jeff Porcaro– drums
  • Hal Blaine– drums
  • Victor Feldman– percussion
  • Phil Woods– alto saxophone
  • Jimmie Haskell– horn & horn arrangement
  • Bill Perkins– horn
  • Michael McDonald– background vocals
  • Myrna Matthews, Sherlie Matthews, Carolyn Willis – background vocals
  • Engineer: Roger Nichols
  • Mastering: Rick Collins
  • Sound Consultant: Dinky Dawson
  • Consultant: Daniel Levitin
  • Arranger: Jimmie Haskell

Track listing:

All tracks by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen.

  1. Black Friday
  2. Bad Sneakers
  3. Rose Darling
  4. Daddy Don’t Live in That New York City No More
  5. Doctor Wu
  6. Everyone’s Gone to the Movies
  7. Your Gold Teeth II
  8. Chain Lightning
  9. Any World (That I’m Welcome To)
  10. Throw Back the Little Ones

On September 12, 2014.

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On September 12, 2014, Joseph Leslie “Joe” Sample died aged 75. Being pianist, keyboard player and composer, he was one of the founding members of the Jazz Crusaders (Crusaders from 1971), and has performed with some of the biggest names of the contemporary music, including Miles Davis, The Supremes, George Benson, B.B King, Jimmy Witherspoon, Eric Clapton and Steely Dan.

On February 29, 2000.

Steely Dan- Two against nature

On February 29, 2000, “Giant Records/Warner Bros” label released “Two Against Nature” the eighth Steely Dan album. “Two Against nature” was recorded 1977 to 1999, and was produced by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. The album won Steely Dan four “Grammy Awards”, including “Album of the Year”.

Personnel:

  • Walter Becker– bass, lead guitar
  • Donald Fagen– organ, piano, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, vocals
  • Tom Barney – bass
  • Ted Baker – piano, Fender Rhodes
  • Jon Herington– acoustic guitar, rhythm guitar
  • Paul Jackson Jr. – guitar
  • Hugh McCracken– guitar
  • Dean Parks– guitar
  • Lawrence Feldman – clarinet, tenor saxophone
  • Amy Helm – whistle
  • Michael Hitchcock – trumpet
  • Michael Leonhart– trumpet, conductor, wurlitzer
  • Lou Marini– alto saxophone
  • Chris Potter– alto saxophone, tenor saxophone
  • Jim Pugh– trombone
  • Roger Rosenberg – bass clarinet, baritone saxophone
  • David Tofani– saxophone
  • Keith Carlock– drums
  • Leroy Clouden – drums
  • Vinnie Colaiuta– drums
  • Sonny Emory– drums
  • Ricky Lawson– drums
  • Michael White – drums
  • Gordon Gottlieb – percussion
  • Will Lee– percussion
  • Daniel Sadownick – percussion, timbales
  • David Shank – vibraphone
  • Steve Shapiro– vibraphone
  • Cynthia Calhoun– background vocals
  • Mike Harvey – background vocals
  • Carolyn Leonhart– background vocals

Track listing:

All tracks by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen.

  1. Gaslighting Abbie
  2. What a Shame About Me
  3. Two Against Nature
  4. Janie Runaway
  5. Almost Gothic
  6. Jack of Speed
  7. Cousin Dupree
  8. Negative Girl
  9. West of Hollywood

On November 21, 1980.

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On November 21, 1980, “MCA” label released “Gaucho”, the seventh Steely Dan studio album. “Gaucho” was recorded from 1978 to 1980, at the “Sigma Sound of Philadelphia” and “Village Records” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Gary Katz.

Personnel:

  • Donald Fagen – lead vocals, synthesizer, electric piano, organ
  • Walter Becker – bass, guitar, guitar solo
  • Rob Mounsey- piano, synthesizer, horn arrangement
  • Don Grolnick- electric piano and clavinet
  • Pat Rebillot,Joe Sample  – electric piano
  • Steve Khan- guitar, lead guitar
  • Mark Knopfler,Larry Carlton – lead guitar
  • Hugh McCracken,Hiram Bullock, Rick Derringer – guitar
  • Chuck Rainey,Anthony Jackson  – bass
  • Bernard Pretty Purdie,  Rick Marotta,Steve Gadd, Jeff Porcaro – drums
  • Crusher Bennett,Steve Gadd , Victor Feldman, Ralph McDonald, Nicholas Marrero – percussion
  • Tom Scott- alto saxophone and clarinet; tenor saxophone, lyricon, horn arrangement
  • Michael Brecker, Dave Tofani – tenor saxophone
  • David Sanborn- alto saxophone
  • Ronnie Cuber- baritone saxophone
  • Randy Brecker- trumpet, flugelhorn
  • George Marge, Walter Kane – clarinet
  • Wayne Andre- trombone
  • Michael McDonald,Patti Austin, Valerie Simpson, Frank Floyd, Diva Gray, Gordon Grody, Lani Groves, Leslie Miller, *Zachary Sanders, Toni Wine – backing vocals
  • Rhythm arrangements:Paul Griffin, Don Grolnick, Rob Mounsey, Steely Dan
  • Horn arrangements:Rob Mounsey, Tom Scott
  • Art direction: Vartan, Suzanne Walsh
  • Design: Michael Diehl, Suzanne Walsh
  • Design assistant: John Tom Cohoe
  • Photography: Rene Burri
  • Photo research: Ryan Null

Track listing:

All compositions by Michael Becker and Donald Fagen, except where noted

  1. Babylon Sisters
  2. Hey Nineteen
  3. Glamour Profession
  4. Gaucho – Michael Becker, Donald Fagen and Jarrett
  5. Time Out of Mind
  6. My Rival
  7. Third World Man