Steely Dan


Steely Dan is an American rock band founded in 1971 in New York by Walter Becker (guitars, bass, backing vocals) and Donald Fagen (keyboards, lead vocals). Initially the band had a stable lineup, but in 1974, Becker and Fagen retired from live performances to become a studio-only band, opting to record with a revolving cast of session musicians. Rolling Stone has called them "the perfect musical antiheroes for the seventies".Becker and Fagen played together in a variety of bands from their time together studying at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. They later moved to Los Angeles, gathered a band of musicians, and began recording albums. Their first album, Can't Buy a Thrill (1972), established a template for their career, blending elements of rock, jazz, Latin music, R&B, blues and sophisticated studio production with cryptic and ironic lyrics. The band enjoyed critical and commercial success through seven studio albums, peaking with their top-selling album Aja, released in 1977. After the group disbanded in 1981, Becker and Fagen worked sporadically on solo projects through the 1980s, though a cult following remained devoted to the group's work. Since reuniting in 1993, Steely Dan has toured steadily and released two albums of new material, the first of which, Two Against Nature, earned a Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Their final album of new studio material was 2003's Everything Must Go, though the band has continued to release compilations, box sets, and live albums on a regular basis. After Becker's passing in 2017, Fagen reluctantly continued the group with himself as the sole official member.

They have sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2001. VH1 ranked Steely Dan at No. 82 on their list of the 100 Greatest Musical Artists of All Time. Rolling Stone ranked them No. 15 on its list of the 20 greatest duos of all time.


July 28, 2022

RS Recommends: Live Nation Launches 4 Tickets for $80 Deal for ‘Summer’s Live’ Promo

Live Nation's Summer's Live promotion includes tickets to see everyone from Demi Lovato and Steely Dan, to Wiz Khalifa and Wu-Tang Clan at a budget-friendly price

July 7, 2022

‘You’re a Mean Old Mama’: Hear Steely Dan’s Rare Cover of Joni Mitchell’s ‘Carey’

"Carey" cover was rumored to be cut from 2007 Mitchell tribute compilation

June 3, 2022

Steve Jones says he’s “fucking tired” of Sex Pistols’ music

"I’d rather listen to Steely Dan" The post Steve Jones says he’s “fucking tired” of Sex Pistols’ music appeared first on NME.

March 18, 2022

Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen denies Aimee Mann was dropped from support slot due to gender

"The idea that I would make any decision based on the gender of a performer is ridiculous" The post Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen denies Aimee Mann was dropped from support slot due to gender appeared first on NME.

March 17, 2022

Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen Apologizes, Denies Aimee Mann’s Claim She Was Kicked Off Tour for Being Female

"I apologize for any distress this has caused Aimee and her fans," Fagen said in a press statement.

March 17, 2022

Donald Fagen Denies ‘Ridiculous’ Claim About Why Aimee Mann Was Dropped From Steely Dan Tour

Fagen apologizes for "communication problem" but adds, "Although I have the greatest respect for Aimee... I thought it might not be the best matchup in terms of musical style"

March 17, 2022

Aimee Mann says she’s been dropped from Steely Dan’s 2022 tour

"No-one is entirely sure why, but it seems they thought their audience wouldn’t like a female singer-songwriter?" The post Aimee Mann says she’s been dropped from Steely Dan’s 2022 tour appeared first on NME.

March 17, 2022

Aimee Mann Says Steely Dan Dropped Her From Tour

“As it happens, Steely Dan is the one band that I 100% love, with no reservations, so it really sucks.”

January 14, 2022

Eagles’ Don Henley was once fired from tracking vocals on Steely Dan’s 1977 hit ‘Peg’

Steely Dan producer Gary Katz has recalled the time he had to tell Henley his contributions on the hit song were "no good" The post Eagles’ Don Henley was once fired from tracking vocals on Steely Dan’s 1977 hit ‘Peg’ appeared first on NME.

October 6, 2021

Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen Talks Lessons in Sleaze and a Rabbi With a Fastball

Musician also discusses his two new live albums, upcoming tour, trying to make Walter Becker laugh and converting Deadheads to Danfans



September 24, 2021

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Aja / Hey Nineteen / Reelin' In The Years (Live)

September 10, 2021

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Hey Nineteen / Reelin' In The Years (Live)

August 13, 2021

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Reelin' In The Years (Live)

July 26, 2021

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The Best Of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen

July 19, 2018

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz Radio Broadcast With Steely Dan

March 15, 2005

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Everything Must Go

June 9, 2003

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The Last Mall

June 3, 2003

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Blues Beach

May 6, 2003

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Two Against Nature

February 29, 2000

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Alive In America

October 13, 1995

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A Decade Of Steely Dan

January 1, 1985

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January 1, 1980

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January 1, 1977

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The Royal Scam

January 1, 1976

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Katy Lied

January 1, 1975

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Pretzel Logic

January 1, 1974

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Countdown To Ecstasy

January 1, 1973

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Can't Buy A Thrill

January 1, 1972

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