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Saying Farewell to Walter Becker of Steely Dan

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Sad day today as we’ve lost another great musician and human. Our best to Walter’s family, Donald Fagen and the Steely Dan community. They were, in their own particular and wickedly subversive way, the Coen Brothers of Rock. Here is Cameron’s ’77 story about Steely Dan.

Steely Dan Springs Back: The Second Coming

Their new album, held throughout product-glutted summer for just the right moment, accidentally came out the same afternoon as the new Rolling Stones LP. Their first tour in three years was canceled. They haven’t had a hit single since 1974’s “Rikki Don’t Lost That Number.” And still, their sixth and most esoteric effort yet, Aja, is one of the season’s hottest albums and by far Steely Dan’s fastest-selling ever. Suddenly, against all the odds, it’s Steely Dan fever.

They are the unlikeliest super-group – perhaps because there is no group. Two blurry character named Walter Becker and Donald Fagen write and construct the songs, then hire highly skilled studio musicians to execute the parts. They even play themselves, but less and less, it seems, each album. (“It wouldn’t bother me at all,” says Becker, “not to play on my own album.”) The infrequent product of their labors is labeled a Steely Dan album. Any further details are subject to Becker’s and Fagen’s notorious distaste for facts.

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Sep 3, 2017

Rita Coolidge Breaks Out

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Cameron talks with singer Rita Coolidge about her career and marriage to musician/actor Kris Kristofferson in this Rolling Stone interview from June, 1977. The album mentioned in this interview (Anytime…Anywhere) was a break out smash for Coolidge. Coolidge and Kristofferson were one of the big power couples of the ’70s. Coolidge and Kristofferson released one final duet album, Natural Act, in 1979, but their marriage was on the rocks, and they separated by the end of the year.

Coolidge never repeated the pop success of Anytime…Anywhere, but she did continue to land hits on the adult contemporary charts through the early ’80s.

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Nov 3, 2003

John Travolta Interview

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How’s this for a blast from the past? I’ve just finishing transcribing a hilarious interview that Cameron did with then twenty-two year old John Travolta for Playgirl magazine (circa 1977)! I won’t try to explain, so I recommend that you just check it out.

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Jan 7, 2002

Mike Finger’s The Blue and the Black