A Farewell to Steely Dan’s Walter Becker

A Brief One from Doug Draper

Posted September 4th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

“Learn to work the saxophone
I play just what I feel
Drink Scotch whiskey all night long
And die behind the wheel
They got a name for the winners in the world
I want a name when I lose
They call Alabama the Crimson Tide
Call me Deacon Blues.”

       From the song Deacon Blues, written by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen and featured on Steely Dan’s 1977 album Aja

The lyrics of that song haunted me the first time I heard them while away at university in Windsor, Ontario, and they haunt me still.

Walter Becker, guitarist, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, cofounder of the rock/jazz fusion group Steely Dan, and co-writer of that song and so many others, from Do It Again, Reeling In The Years, Rikki Don’t Lose That Number, Kid Charlemagne and Peg, died this September 3rd at age 67.

His musical legacy lives on.

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