The late great Walter Becker of famed rock band Steely Dan is set to receive a posthumous honor from his hometown of Queens, New York this fall. An unveiling ceremony for the “Walter Becker Way” sign will take place on Oct. 28 at the corner of 112th Street and 72nd Drive, close to where the musician grew up in Forest Hills, Queens. As Rolling Stone reported, the unveiling is helmed by Becker’s fans, who, according to Becker’s wife Delia, are well-qualified for the task.
“Walter’s fans have decades of experience holding ‘Danfests’ throughout the country. And they always find innovative and eclectic ways of celebrating. It will undoubtedly be a fun and free gathering to honor and commemorate Walter as only they can!”
New York City Council member Karen Koslowitz of the 29th District--which includes Forest Hills--proposed the motion for the commemorative street sign through a legislative bill. On June 28, the bill was approved by a full council vote.
Becker died on Sept. 3, 2017 from an aggressive form of esophageal cancer, he passed away just four months after his diagnosis. He was 67 years old. After his death, a number of artists paid tribute to Becker including Steely Dan co-founder Donald Fagen and Steely Dan bandmate Michael McDonald.