10 January 1948, Passaic, New Jersey, USA. A graduate of New Yorks Bard College, Fagen joined fellow student Walter Becker in several temporary groups, including the Leather Canary and Bad Rock Group. The duo then forged a career as songwriters - their demos were later compiled on several exploitative releases - and spent several years backing Jay And The Americans. Having completed the soundtrack to You Gotta Walk It Like You Talk It (Or Youll Lose That Beat), a low-budget movie by Zalman King, Fagen and Becker then formed Steely Dan. Probably one of Americas finest groups, their deft, imaginative lyrics were set into a music combining the thrill of rock with the astuteness of jazz. Although initially a sextet, the group soon became an avenue for the duos increasingly oblique vision as band members were replaced by hirelings. Their partnership was sundered in June 1981, but two years later Fagen re-emerged with The Nightfly. Abetted by...
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