Steely Dan

My Old School - Steely Dan | The Midnight Special
Steely Dan - Do It Again
Steely Dan - My Old School (live @ Pine Knob Amphitheatre - 8.11.2003)
Deacon blues - Steely Dan TKV

Steely Dan is an American rock band formed in 1971 by core members Donald Fagen and Walter Becker. They are known for their sophisticated and jazz-influenced rock sound, meticulous studio production, and cryptic, often sardonic lyrics.

Donald Fagen and Walter Becker met while studying at Bard College and soon began collaborating musically. They moved to California and formed Steely Dan, taking their name from a dildo in William S. Burroughs’ novel “Naked Lunch.”

Steely Dan’s music is characterized by its complex arrangements, jazz harmonies, and meticulous attention to detail in the recording studio. They often employed top session musicians to realize their musical vision, resulting in albums that are revered for their sonic quality and musical innovation.

The band released a string of critically acclaimed albums throughout the 1970s, including “Can’t Buy a Thrill” (1972), “Countdown to Ecstasy” (1973),

“Pretzel Logic” (1974),

“Katy Lied” (1975), “The Royal Scam” (1976), “Aja” (1977), and “Gaucho” (1980).

Some of Steely Dan’s most famous songs include “Do It Again,” “Reelin’ In the Years,” “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” “Deacon Blues,” “Peg,” and “Hey Nineteen.” These songs showcase the band’s intricate compositions, sophisticated arrangements, and Fagen’s distinctive vocals.

After “Gaucho,” Steely Dan went on hiatus, with Fagen and Becker focusing on solo projects and production work. However, they reunited in the 1990s and began touring again, much to the delight of their dedicated fanbase.

Steely Dan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. Despite Walter Becker’s passing in 2017, Donald Fagen continues to perform Steely Dan’s music with a rotating cast of musicians, ensuring that their legacy endures for generations to come.

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