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DoneFri, Oct 18, 2019 5:00 PM UTC
Beverly Hills, CA, USA

Day 1: The Estate Of Walter Becker

The Property From The Estate of Walter Becker” auction is a two-day celebration of the musical artistry of the famed Steely Dan co-founder, co-songwriter, bassist, producer and guitarist. Rocking the auction stage will be an exceptional collection of the jazz rock legend’s stage-played and recorded guitars made by D’Angelico, Sadowsky, Gibson, Fender, Martin, and others as well as amplifiers, speakers, recording gear, and ephemera. Known for his sublime and immediate identifiable guitar tone, his intimate knowledge of the tools of studio and stage, and his unique, impeccable ear, Becker is heralded as one of the most potent forces in popular music of the last 50 years. Born February 20, 1950 in Queens, New York, Walter Carl Becker began his legendary collaboration with songwriting partner and fellow jazz aficionado Donald Fagen while they were students at Bard College and bandmates in the groups, the Don Fagen Jazz Trio, the Bad Rock Group and the Leather Canary, which for a time included future comedy star Chevy Chase. After graduation, they toured with the group Jay and the Americans and had their music featured on the soundtrack of Richard Pryor’s film You’ve Got to Walk It Like You Talk It or You’ll Lose that Beat. In 1971, Becker and Fagen moved to Los Angeles where they formed the band Steely Dan with guitarists Denny Dias and Jeff ?Skunk? Baxter, drummer Jim Hodder, and singer David Palmer. They created a distinctive sound unlike any other of its time: a unique blend of rock, jazz, pop and R&B musical styles, with sophisticated, ironic lyrics containing obscure literary and cultural references. It was the release of the band’s sixth album Aja in 1977 that would solidify Becker's and Fagen's reputation as songwriting and studio recording masters.