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Steely Dan finale set for Wine Country

Steely Dan finale set for Wine Country

SANTA ROSA, Calif., Aug. 14 (UPI) -- Walter Becker and Donald Fagen are to play the last two dates of their Steely Dan summer tour this month in Santa Rosa, Calif., the venue they're playing said.

New Yorker icon George W.S. Trow dies

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- George W.S. Trow, who composed sardonic essays for the New Yorker and co-founded the National Lampoon magazine, has died in Naples, Italy.

ASCAP to honor Lennox and Green Day

LOS ANGELES, May 5 (UPI) -- Annie Lennox and Green Day will be honored during ASCAP's 23rd Annual Pop Music Awards, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers said Friday.

Steely Dan frontman issues new solo album

NEW YORK, March 14 (UPI) -- Donald Fagen doesn't have to be in Steely Dan to make records.

Steely Dan back with "Everything Must Go"

For Steely Dan, winning some Grammy awards three years ago was good for a shout-out from comedian Chris Rock on the street one day, but not much else.
GARY GRAFF, United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Peter Yarrow, of Peter Paul and Mary, who was born in 1938 (age 65); country singer Johnny Paycheck and Augie Meyers, keyboardist with the Sir Douglas Quintet as well as the Texas Tornados, both in 1941 (age 62)...
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Charles Aznavour in 1924 (age 79); Peter Nero in 1934 (age 69); Bernie Taupin, Elton John's lyricist, in 1950 (age 53); Jerry Dammers of the Specials in 1954; Icehouse guitarist and singer Iva Davies in 1955 (age 48); and Morriss
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Rock News Two: The week in pop

The French Quarter Festival, Louisiana's largest free music festival, takes place this weekend with nearly 140 live performances featured throughout the French Quarter, from Canal Street to Esplanade Avenue and from Bourbon Street to the Mississippi River
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

New West Records has signed one of the country's top touring bands, the Drive-By Truckers, and set a June 17 release date for the band's label debut, "Decoration Day."
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International


Mega-group Steely Dan has announced its first major concert series in three years. The group's promoters say the tour will begin in late July in Costa Mesa, Calif., a far-flung Orange County suburb of Los Angeles.
DENNIS DAILY, United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Johnnie Ray, who was born in 1927; Ronnie Hawkins in 1935 (age 68); Sal Mineo was born in 1939; Jim Croce was born in 1942; Rod Stewart in 1945 (age 58); Cyril Neville of the Neville Brothers in 1948 (age 55); Steely Dan's Donald
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Donald Fagen
Steely Dan member Donald Fagen plays during the band's concert at the UMB Bank Pavilion in Earth City, Mo on September 4, 2006. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)

Donald Jay Fagen (born January 10, 1948) is an American musician and songwriter, best known as the co-founder, lead singer, and the principal songwriter (along with partner Walter Becker) of the jazz-influenced rock band Steely Dan. Fagen is known for his use of complex jazz harmonies, elaborate arrangements, and exacting attention to detail––all anomalies in the pop-rock genre. Fagen launched a successful, if sporadic solo career in 1982, spawning three albums to date.

Fagen was born in Passaic, New Jersey on January 10, 1948 to Joseph "Jerry" Fagen and his wife Elinor. The family was of the Jewish faith. Joseph worked as an accountant. From the ages of 12 to 17, Elinor sang in a hotel band in upstate New York's Catskill Mountains until bouts of stage fright (a condition her son would later be afflicted with) forced her to discontinue performing live. Donald would later recall: "I can't ever remember when there was silence around the house. She was either playing records or singing."

Around 1958, the Fagen family moved from Passaic to the suburb of Fair Lawn, New Jersey. The transition greatly upset Donald, and he detested living in the suburbs. He would later tell an interviewer that it "was like a prison. I think I lost faith in judgement… It was probably the first time I realised I had my own view of life." Living in Fair Lawn would later inspire tracks on his album The Nightfly.

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