Tributes are pouring in for Steely Dan founder Walter Becker.
The guitarist and songwriter passed away over the weekend, with news being confirmed on the band's official website.
A vastly successful phenomenon, Steely Dan's smooth FM sound has enjoyed a lingering influence, with appreciation ranging from hip-hop samples to left-field indie.
Tributes have emerged from a number of different sources - check out a batch below.
".....still holds the crown baby" rip #WalterBecker possibly one of my favorite architects of the 70s "FM" smooth sound. Took it for granted growing up ---before 10 I heard his music & Fagen's voice EVERYWHERE: supermarket, waiting rooms everywhere, cabs, offices, dentist chair, sporting events even (Sixers used to RUN "Peg" during Dr J's era) actually lol first time I got sent to principles office in 2nd grade was for "saying a bad word" (Hell, was a 4 letter word growing up & I didn't know who or what a "Peg" was but I knew someone in my class was going to "Helllllllllllllllllll" The first time we played w Michael McDonald a second after "man it's an honor" came "ok how long did Walt make you stack them vocals?" Walt was my first post "hey I dig these guys I wanna get em on a session" gig shortly after our Do you Want More album came out. I was all ready for him to make me do take after take after take like I heard he was notorious for---but uh shockingly he liked our loose playing and encouraged it. (Yeah I even tried to tune my drums Steely Dan low but he was like "I want you to sound like you, not like what we were doing way back then") This is a major loss man. An artist's artist. Someone who cared for the craft of music and pushing boundaries. They got a name for the winners in the world: his name is Becker
RIP Walter Becker.— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) September 3, 2017
Travel Safe back home to the stars of which your soul arose.
We love and miss you. XO pic.twitter.com/U6rsOREMRI
Walter Becker dying is worse than everything. RIP to one of my real legendary heroes.— Thunder....cat (@Thundercat) September 3, 2017
A definitive band of my childhood. My parents listened to Steely Dan non stop and I knew almost every word to every song by the time I was a teenager. They almost named me Aja and to this day I'm still pissed they didn't. My email address throughout my teens/early 20s was [email protected] One of my best memories is taking my dad to see them at the Greek in 2011. RIP Walter Becker
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