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Forest Hills Street to be Named for Late Steely Dan Musician

Walter Becker, Left, with Donald Fagen (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

July 11, 2018 By Tara Law

The Forest Hills street where the co-founder of the band Steely Dan grew up will be co-named in his honor.

The corner of 112th Street and 72nd Drive will be co-named “Walter Becker Way” in October.

Becker, who died last September at the age of 67, was a songwriter, guitarist, bassist and record producer for the band.

He was well-regarded both for co-founding “Steely Dan” with partner Donald Fagen and for his later solo work.

Throughout the 1970s, Steely Dan became famous for its unique blend of jazz, pop and R&B, and a cryptic songwriting style. The band had many popular hits, including  “Reelin’ in the Years,” and “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number.”

The ceremony, which is being organized by New York classic rock station Q104.3, will honor Becker’s legacy with appearances by special guests, remembrances by Becker’s friends and colleagues and giveaways. The event will take place on Oct. 28

“Walter’s fans have decades of experience holding ‘Danfests’ throughout the country,” said Becker’s widow, Delia. “And they always find innovative and eclectic ways of celebrating. It will undoubtedly be a fun and free gathering to honor and commemorate Walter as only they can!”

A motion to co-name the street was brought forward by Councilmember Karen Koslowitz. It was approved by a City Council vote on June 28.

Further details about the ceremony will be announced closer to the scheduled date at the following link.

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Luigi Verrazano

It’s great! Walter Becker was a tremendous musician and well deserves it


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