Donald Jay Fagen (born January 10, 1948 in Passaic, New Jersey) is an American musician and songwriter who is best known as co-writer, co-founder, singer, and pianist of the jazz rock band Steely Dan.
He and Walter Becker founded the group in 1971. They comprised the core of the band and co-wrote all the group's music; on tour and record, Becker played bass (and later lead guitar) and Fagen played keyboards, as well as performing almost all of the lead vocals on their recordings.
After releasing their third LP in 1974 the other members gradually left the band and it evolved into a studio project headed by Becker and Fagen, who from that point on recorded their albums with the cream of America's jazz and rock session musicians. They scored their biggest success in 1977 with the platinum-selling album Aja.
After the group's 1981 breakup, Fagen released his solo debut album, The Nightfly (1982), which has been favorably compared to his Steely Dan work. He also contributed an original composition, "True Companion," to the 1981 animated cult film Heavy Metal. He wrote briefly for Premiere magazine, including witt...