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New York Street to be Named After Steely Dan’s Walter Becker

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The street in Forest Hills, Queens where Walter Becker grew up will be co-named after the late Steely Dan co-founder.

The proposal to honor Becker with the co-naming was put forth to the New York City Council by Karen Koslowitz of the 29th District (Forest Hills). It was approved by vote on June 28th.

A ceremony to unveil the new street sign will take place October 28th at the corner of 112th Street and 72nd drive.

Walter Becker died September 3, 2017 at the age of 67. Becker had been unable to perform with the band for a number of shows in the months prior to his death as he was recovering from a procedure.

Becker met Donald Fagen at New York’s Bard College in the late 60s. They founded Steely Dan in 1972 and went on to release several hits including “Reelin’ In the Years,” “Dirty Work” and “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number”. Although the band split up in 1981, they reformed in 1993 and released two additional albums, including the Grammy-winning Two Against Nature.

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