Steely Dan Caricature


Steely Dan Caricature, illustrated here in Coldwater Canyon on September 22, 1972 in Los Angeles, California. Left to right: Denny Dias, age 25, Walter Becker, age 22, Donald Fagen, age 24. Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, age 23 and Jim Hodder, age 25.

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.

Original band members were, Becker and Fagen, guitarists Denny Dias and Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, drummer Jim Hodder and singer David Palmer.
Because of Fagen’s reluctance to sing live, Palmer handled most of the vocal duties on stage.

Fagen and Becker named the band after “Steely Dan III from Yokohama”, an oversized, steam-powered strap-on dildo mentioned in the William S. Burroughs novel “Naked Lunch”.

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 after only two years of commercial success.

“Can’t Buy a Thrill”, Steely Dan’s debut album, was released in 1972. Its hit singles “Do It Again” and “Reelin’ In the Years” reached No. 6 and No. 11 respectively on the Billboard singles chart. Along with “Dirty Work” (sung by David Palmer), the songs became staples on classic rock radio.

“Pretzel Logic” was released in early 1974. A diverse set, it includes the group’s most successful single “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number”, ranked number 4 on the Billboard Charts.

Other hits: “Fire In The Hole”, “Midnight Cruiser”, “Black Friday”, “Deacon Blues”, “FM”, “Peg”, “Kid Charlemagne” and “My Old School”.

They have sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2001.

On June 5, 1990, Jim Hodder drowned in the swimming pool of his Point Arena, California home. He was 42 years old.

Following a brief battle with esophageal cancer, Walter Becker died on September 3, 2017 at age 67.

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Weight .25 lbs
Dimensions 16 × 20 × .25 in
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