My father was a huge Steely Dan fan: I can still picture him in the apartment singing along to — poorly, of course — to “Don’t Take Me Alive,” a real deep cut. So as you an imagine, I’m deeply familiar with their work.
Now, if you’ve been frequenting this site over the past 10 days of this month, the first two weeks or so of January are rather auspicious in music history: This past week has been rather auspicious for music history: Led Zeppelin‘s John Paul Jones‘ birthday was on the third; R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe’s birthday was the fourth; David Bowie’s birthday and Elvis’ birthday were on the eighth. Jimmy Page‘s birthday was yesterday.
Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen turns 74 today. Happy birthday, Donald!