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How Did Steely Dan Get Their Name?

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The name Steely Dan was derived from the book Naked Lunch. Both Donald Fagen and Walter Becker were avid readers of 1950's Beat literature. For more information, please visit http://www.steelydan.com/faq.html

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Steely Dan band members Donald Fagan and Walter Becker were founding members of the group. They named the band Steely Dan after the name of a dildo in William Burroughs' novel, "Naked Lunch".

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Steely Dan released their first record in 1972. The band's name comes from the name of a dildo written about in the book "Naked Lunch" by William S. Burroughs, originally published in 1959 .

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