Could it be a Steely Dan Saturday on Durham Cool?




Steely Dan Saturday has arrived. This day is long overdue. I asked what music you wanted to hear and the clouds parted with the song, Kid Charlemagne, playing on the closing credits of a show on Apple TV.

Steely Dan, a band of circulating impresario session musicians, fronted by the two members Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, who transitioned so many Americans from the end of the LSD sixties through the cocaine-infused 70s. So much has already been written about the dynamic duo and musical genius skill of Walter Becker and Donald Fagen. I thought it wise to leave the bios up to Wiki (see below). I will add that Steely Dan was a very important band for my formative years growing up in Newburgh, NY. How many of us can say that Steely Dan is part of their music childhood, adolescence, mid-life, or early-stage senile dementia?





Here is the first part of the Wiki:

Steely Dan is an American rock band founded by core members Walter Becker (guitars, bass, backing vocals) and Donald Fagen (keyboards, lead vocals) in 1972. Blending elements of jazz, traditional pop, R&B, and sophisticated studio production with cryptic and ironic lyrics, the band enjoyed critical and commercial success starting from the early 1970s until breaking up in 1981. Throughout their career, the duo recorded with a revolving cast of session musicians and, in 1974, retired from live performances to become a studio-only band. Rolling Stone has called them “the perfect musical antiheroes for the Seventies”.

Steely Dan
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Steely Dan performed in 2007. Walter Becker (l) plays electric guitar, and Donald Fagen (r) plays melodica.
Background information
Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, U.S.
Jazz-rock soft rock[1] pop[2] yacht rock[3]
Years active
1972–1981, 1993–present
ABC MCA Giant Reprise Warner Bros.
Associated acts
New York Rock and Soul Revue Dukes of September Rhythm Revue Jay and the Americans Doobie Brothers Toto Larry Carlton Lee Ritenour Cornelius Bumpus
Donald Fagen
Past members
Walter Becker
Jeff “Skunk” Baxter
Denny Dias
Jim Hodder
David Palmer
Royce Jones
Michael McDonald
Jeff Porcaro

After the group disbanded in 1981, Becker and Fagen were less active throughout the next decade, though a cult following[4] remained devoted to the group. Since reuniting in 1993, Steely Dan has released two albums of new material, the first of which, Two Against Nature, earned a Grammy Award for Album of the Year.


My favorite Steely Dan tracks

How Steely Dan Composes A Song

Music in this video
Deacon Blues
Steely Dan
Walter Becker, Donald Fagen
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Michael Becker and Donald Fagen of Steely Dan

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Steely Dan live at Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View, CA 1993 480p 30fps H264 128kbit AAC



For me, this is the best Steely Dan live Show For some unknown reason, there are freeze frames at the beginning of all of the songs from this video. That flaw aside, this is still the best video I’ve seen from the reunion tour. The Nashville show is skippy, and the two audience videos I have from Philadelphia and Jones Beach are low-quality (I will be sharing at least portions of them, though). This video is also pretty rare and not nearly as commonly sold/traded/shared as the Nashville one, so enjoy! Instrumental Medley (The Royal Scam, Bad Sneakers, Aja) 0:12 Green Earrings 8:42 Bodhisattva 14:00 IGY 19:49 Josie 25:58 Hey Nineteen 32:57 Book Of Liars 39:14 Chain Lightning 43:38 Green Flower Street 55:29 Home At Last 59:35 Black Friday 1:05:56 Tuzz’s Shadow 1:10:30 Deacon Blues 1:16:37 Tomorrow’s Girls 1:24:43 Babylon Sisters 1:31:23 Reelin’ In The Years 1:38:11 The Fall Of ’92 1:45:15 Peg 1:51:32 Third World Man 1:56:12 Countermoon 2:02:31 Teahouse On The Tracks (small skip before this song; couldn’t fix it, sorry) 2:07:28 My Old School 2:15:39 FM (No Static At All) 2:22:37

Joining Steely Dan, Donald Fagen, and WalterBecker are Drew Zingg on lead guitar Peter Erskine on drums, Tom Barney on bass, Warren Bernhardt on piano, Cornelius Bumpus, Chris Potter, and Bob Sheppard on saxophone Brenda White-King, Diane Garisto,, and Catherine Russell on backing vocals Bill Ware III on the vibraphone Boz Scaggs – guest appearance on Black Friday.

Green Earrings (Live)



Alive In America


Walter Becker+1 more LICENSES



Steely Dan on Late Show, 1995 and 2000 (stereo)

Steely Dan performed two times on Late Show:
1. October 20, 1995: “Josie”
2. March 3, 2000: “Cousin Dupree”
Both performances in full and glorious stereo.
Michael Becker and Donald Fagen B&W image Steely Dan


Bodhisattva · Steely Dan

Countdown To Ecstasy

℗ 1973 Geffen Records

Released on: 1973-01-01

Producer: Gary Katz
Studio Personnel, Mixer: Denny Dias
Composer Lyricist: Donald Fagen
Composer Lyricist: Walter Becker

Steely Dan-Bodhisatva Live 1974

Steely Dan, introduced by the wonderful and somewhat inebriated Jerome Aniton, perform Bodhisatva in Santa Monica circa 1974.
Music in this video

Bodhisattva (Live At The Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, CA / 1980)
Steely Dan
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Steely Dan My Old School

Steely Dan performs My Old School HQ (Remastered) from the 1973 album Countdown To Ecstasy. Steely Dan band line-up on Golden Greats live 1973 television appearance is Donald Fagen – lead vocals, keyboards, Walter Becker – bass, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter – guitar, Denny Dias – guitar, Jim Hodder – drums, Sherlie Matthews, Myrna Matthews, Patricia Hall, David Palmer – backing vocals. With Steely Dan mimed live to the studio recording, audio is overdubbed with CD-enhanced stereo track.

Music in this video

My Old School
Steely Dan
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