Taking a break from the genealogy today. I did set up a couple of test family trees for the two matches I mentioned yesterday, but that’s it. Not going to stress over finding long lost cousins right now.
Today’s stuck song features two gentlemen that are on some of my other lists. Walter Becker is on the Guitar Gods and Wizards list, and Donald Fagen in also on the Singer – Songwriter list. But this song is not what I had in mind when I will feature each of them later. This is a Steely Dan song. Donald and Walter will show up later.
Steely Dan is an American rock and jazz fusion band founded in 1972 by core members Walter Becker (guitars, bass, backing vocals) and Donald Fagen (keyboards, lead vocals). Blending elements of rock, jazz, latin music, R&B, blues 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. Initially the band had a core lineup, but in 1974, Becker and Fagen retired the band from live performances altogether to become a studio-only band, opting to record with a revolving cast of session musicians. Rolling Stone has called them “the perfect musical antiheroes for the Seventies”.
After the group disbanded in 1981, Becker and Fagen were less active throughout most of the next decade, though a cult followingremained devoted to the group. Since reuniting in 1993, Steely Dan has toured steadily and released two albums of new material, the first of which, Two Against Nature, earned a Grammy Award for Album of the Year. They have sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2001. VH1 ranked Steely Dan at #82 on their list of the 100 greatest musical artists of all time. Founding member Walter Becker died on September 3, 2017, leaving Fagen as the sole official member.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steely_Dan
I have mentioned “The Dan” in an earlier blog post. Well, at least I thought I did. I can’t seem to find it now. So, I guess I’ll have to retell the story. It’s not too long but go get an adult beverage if you’d like.
I was about 13 years old just throwing a football around with a neighbor. He was older than I, about my brother’s age maybe even a few years older. As we were playing catch, we were talking music. Yes, even at an early age I was trying to learn about the music I was listening to on the radio, and from the albums I was “borrowing” from my older siblings.
When we got around to talking about The Beatles (they had broken up by this time) Ol’ Tommy told me that Steely Dan would be the “next Beatles”. They may not have made it quite that big, but they did have a very loyal following. This was about the time that “Reelin’ In The Years” was out so I knew the band. I did my best from then to get every album of theirs I could find. I still have them. Somewhere…
“Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” must be their biggest hit, but it’s not my favorite. For whatever reason “Kid Charlemagne” takes that title. But that’s not the song that’s stuck in my head. This one is.
Oh, I think I scared off the every Friday vistor. I have seen him/her since I mentioned it. Too bad!