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Primary Instrument: Band/orchestra

Active since: 1972

Steely Dan has been more of a conceptual framework for inventive music-making than a typical rock band. Spearheaded by a pair of resourceful musical auteurs Donald Fagen and Walter Becker - they have done nothing by the books since launching Steely Dan in 1972. The band’s very name is a scatological reference from a novel by Beat Generation anti-hero William Burroughs. Though Steely Dan recorded prolifically for much of the Seventies, they toured for only a brief spell early in that decade, deciding they much preferred the studio to the road. This allowed them to craft a wry, nuanced and hyper-literate series of albums - seven in all, released from 1972 to 1980 - that are highly regarded by connoisseurs of pop hooks, jazz harmony and desiccating wit....
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Music

Featured recording “Everything Must Go”

Everything Must Go

Reprise
2003
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    Going Mobile Classic 1974 Live Radio Broadcast

    Reprise Records
    2013
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    Caves Of Altamira

    Reprise Records
    2010
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    The Very Best Of Steely Dan

    Reprise Records
    2009
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    In Concert

    Reprise Records
    2008
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    The Definitive Collection

    Reprise Records
    2006
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    Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz

    Concord Music Group
    2005
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    That Grand Dan Sound: Why Everyone Knows Steely Dan When They Hear Them

    MCA
    2004
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