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Saturday 23 September 2017

Musicians from across genres pay tribute to Steely Dan star Walter Becker

Steely Dan members Walter Becker (L) and Donald Fagan won Best Pop Vocal Album for
Steely Dan members Walter Becker (L) and Donald Fagan won Best Pop Vocal Album for "Two Against Nature" at the 43rd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on February 21, 2001. REUTERS/Sam Mircovich/File Photo

Laura Harding

Musicians and bands from across genres have paid tribute to Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker, who has died at the age of 67.

John Darnielle, founder of indie folk group The Mountain Goats, wrote on the band's Twitter page: "Steely Dan changed the way I understand music forever; I started writing songs under the name "the Mountain Goats" the same month that I bought "Katy Lied" on tape and started obsessing over it.

"Safe travels along the cosmos to Walter Becker: you changed my life."

Hip hop artist Talib Kweli tweeted: "Damn. About to listen to Steely Dan all day. Thank you Mr. Becker for a lifetime of great music.

"De La Soul introduced me to Steely Dan when they sampled this beautiful piece of music. Peg. #RIPWalterBecker."

Country music singer Wheeler Walker Jr added: "RIP Walter Becker. As a kid, I never thought I'd listen to Steely Dan. And yet I did. A lot," while Steve Lukather, guitarist in rock band Toto, sent his condolences to Becker's bandmate Donald Fagen.

He wrote: "Really sad to hear Walter Becker has passed... Steely Dan music touched me deep. My desert Island music. RIP Walter. Condolences Donald.."

Rapper Pharoahe Monch wrote: "RIP Walter Becker. If you're a Steely Dan fan you have to check out the Aja documentary... insane. Super Inspiring as an artist," while singer songwriter Lisa Loeb added: "So sad to hear. A true inspiration R.I.P."

Fagen has said he will keep the music the duo created alive for as long as he can.

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