Steely Dan’s Walter Becker Gets His Own Street

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Walter Becker (Photo used with permission)

Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker, who died last Sept. 3 at age 67, will be honored posthumously when the street where he grew up in the Forest Hills section of Queens, New York, will be co-named Walter Becker Way. A street sign, to be officially unveiled on Oct. 28, will grace the corner of 112th Street and 72nd Drive.

The unveiling will be accompanied by a ceremony that will include special guests, remembrances from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Becker’s friends and colleagues, as well as very special giveaways. The event will be presented by New York’s Classic Rock Q104.3, and all the day’s festivities will be planned and organized by Becker’s fans.

“Walter’s fans have decades of experience holding ‘Danfests’ throughout the country,” says Becker’s widow, Delia in a press release, “and they always find innovative and eclectic ways of celebrating. It will undoubtedly be a fun and free gathering to honor and commemorate Walter as only they can!”

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“The New York City Council bestows street co-naming honors on New York activists, cultural heroes and community leaders whose contribution has a lasting impact on the city, the country, and the world,” says the release. The motion to co-name Walter Becker Way was put forward by New York City Council Member Karen Koslowitz of the 29th District (Forest Hills) by way of a legislative bill, which was approved by a full council vote on June 28.

Becker was born in Queens on Feb. 20, 1950. He and Donald Fagen formed Steely Dan in 1971 and went on to become one of the most successful and important partnerships in rock history. Becker’s cancer became public knowledge after he missed several key concert dates. Upon Becker’s death, Fagen called Becker “smart as a whip, an excellent guitarist and a great songwriter,” and said that he intended to “keep the music we created together alive as long as I can with the Steely Dan band.” He has continued to tour under the Steely Dan name since Becker’s passing.

Additional announcements about the October 28 celebration of Walter Becker Way will be regularly posted here.

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