Guitarist and vocalist with Steely Dan, Walter Becker, sadly passed away last year. The musician had endured a lengthy battle with cancer of the oesophagus. Following Becker’s passing, the New York City Council confirmed that it would honour the musicians’ contribution to music.
The council decided to change a street name in his honour. The street in question was that of Becker’s childhood home. The guitarist was a Forest Hills, Queens native. Now, according to reports of the plans’ approval during the summer, “Walter Becker Way” has been officially opened.
New York radio station Q104.3 played host to a special event to honour the occasion, which happened at the corner of 112th Street and 72nd Drive. That’s right on the street now officially titled “Walter Becker Way.”
Musicians like Slash, Nile Rodgers, and Ryan Adams each paid tribute to the musician at the time of his passing. In late 2017, Steely Dan co-founder Donald Fagen sued Becker’s estate in a bid to hang on to the band’s moniker and legal rights.
Earlier in 2018, Fagen led a Steely Dan residency at the Beacon Theater in New York, where he played full record sets of staples from the band like Countdown to Ecstasy, The Royal Scam, Gaucho, and Aja. Check out the photos of the “Walter Becker Way” ceremony below.
The Forest Hills street on which Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker grew up (112th St and 72nd Dr) is now “Walter Becker Way”! Thanks to everyone who joined in on our tribute to Walter and his music! #steelydan #walterbecker #walterbeckerway pic.twitter.com/ztMf3vchgv
— Q104.3 (@Q1043) October 28, 2018
#ThisJustHappened @NYPD112Pct #NeighborhoodCoordinationOfficers keeping everyone safe during the renaming of 72nd Dr. after #ForestHills native &. #RockNRoll legend #WalterBecker co-founder of #SteelyDan@Q1043 DJ Jim Kerr hosted this GREAT event!#NYPDProtecting #NYPDConnecting pic.twitter.com/GbTRjHgAXK
— Bruce Adler (@malrite) October 28, 2018
— Walter Becker Media (@wbeckermedia) October 28, 2018
Steely Dan Fans Detail Walter Becker Street Naming Ceremony https://t.co/XmoF1tvq3C
— Sadowsky Guitars (@SadowskyGuitars) October 21, 2018
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