Guitarists Pay Tribute to Walter Becker

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Over the past two days, scores of guitarists and musicians around the world have paid tribute to Steely Dan guitarist Walter Becker, who passed away Sunday, September 3, at the age of 67.

Donald Fagen, Becker's longtime bandmate and collaborator, was among the first to make a statement, saying "Walter Becker was my friend, my writing partner and my bandmate since we met as students at Bard College in 1967."

At the conclusion of the note—which you can read in its entirety here—Fagen also promised to keep Steely Dan going, mentioning that "I intend to keep the music we created together alive as long as I can with the Steely Dan band."

Below, you can see a host of other guitarists and musicians paying tribute to Becker, who helped define Steely Dan's sound for decades.

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#RIPWalterBecker Very sad news. They're one of my favorite bands.

— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) September 3, 2017

I was once in a band that played only Steely Dan songs. It was hard and lots of fun. RIP Walter.

— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) September 3, 2017

Walter Becker, you changed my life with music. You are so loved

Straight to the stars.... My friend

— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) September 3, 2017

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RIP #WalterBecker

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.