How Did Steely Dan Get Their Name?
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
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".
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 .