Walter Becker

1950 - 2017

Photo of Walter Becker

Icon of person Walter Becker

Walter Carl Becker (February 20, 1950 – September 3, 2017) was an American musician, songwriter, and record producer. He was best known as the co-founder, guitarist, bassist, and co-songwriter of the jazz rock band Steely Dan.Becker met future songwriting partner Donald Fagen while they were students at Bard College. After a brief period of activity in New York City, the two moved to Los Angeles in 1971 and formed the nucleus of Steely Dan, which enjoyed a critically and commercially successful ten-year career. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Walter Becker has received more than 2,291,805 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 20 in 2019). Walter Becker is the 1,738th most popular musician (down from 1,559th in 2019), the 8,841st most popular biography from United States (down from 7,548th in 2019) and the 739th most popular American Musician.

Memorability Metrics

  • 2.3M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 55.36

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 21

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 1.86

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.81

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Walter Beckers by language


Among musicians, Walter Becker ranks 1,738 out of 2,675Before him are Jimmy Van Heusen, Nigo, Gavin Harrison, Colin Greenwood, John Sebastian, and Blind Boy Fuller. After him are Tony Alva, Rolf Harris, Graeme Revell, Graham Coxon, Iva Bittová, and Carlinhos Brown.

Most Popular Musicians in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1950, Walter Becker ranks 447Before him are Debra Hill, Howard Ashman, Robert Elswit, Jhala Nath Khanal, Marc Millecamps, and Gennadi Manakov. After him are Takao Kawaguchi, Russell Carpenter, Bruno Gollnisch, Juris Silovs, Omer Beriziky, and Radmilo Ivančević. Among people deceased in 2017, Walter Becker ranks 429Before him are Bajram Rexhepi, Jerry Pournelle, Roger Smith, Len Wein, Tsuyoshi Yamanaka, and Muhal Richard Abrams. After him are Bernie Casey, Ricardo Vidal, Alain Jessua, Jan Szczepański, Gilbert Stork, and Ronald Drever.

Others Born in 1950

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 2017

Go to all Rankings

In United States

Among people born in United States, Walter Becker ranks 8,841 out of 15,968Before him are Louise Lorraine (1904), Blind Boy Fuller (1904), Sarah Shahi (1980), Sally Struthers (1947), John Houbolt (1919), and Jerry L. Ross (1948). After him are Tony Trabert (1930), Andrea Anders (1975), Tony Alva (1957), Clifton Collins Jr. (1970), Eddie Cibrian (1973), and Al Matthews (1942).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Walter Becker ranks 739Before him are Jerry Wexler (1917), Steve Smith (1954), Muhal Richard Abrams (1930), Jimmy Van Heusen (1913), John Sebastian (1944), and Blind Boy Fuller (1904). After him are Tony Alva (1957), Bill Berry (1958), Larry Williams (1935), Adam Yauch (1964), Cherie Currie (1959), and Dave Bartholomew (1918).