With the news of Steely Dan guitarist and co-founder Walter Becker‘s unfortunate passing, the music world remembers the innovative songs that he wrote with longtime friend and lone surviving original member Donald Fagen. The New York band, having formed in 1967 while the two were at Bard College, were well-known for being meticulous songwriters in the studio, creating brilliant albums over the years, which earned them Grammy Awards as well as an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
Guitarist Walter Becker of the band Steely Dan performs at ‘Collaborating for a Cure’ the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation Benefit Concert on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Another notch in the duo’s belt came back on October 29th, 2015 when the Empire State Building celebrated the 50th anniversary of it’s Master FM Antenna, which sits atop the world-famous skyscraper. Legendary lighting designer Marc Brickman fittingly choreographed the LED Tower Lights to the band’s 1978 hit “FM (No Static at All).” The song was written as the lead single for the film FM, which was about disc jockeys working at a popular radio station fighting to keep radio freeform. I’ve been playing a lot of Steely Dan the past few days, in my car and at my house, but this I thought was cool!