Donald Fagen was born in 1948 and grew up in New Jersey. He is a graduate of Bard College, where he met musician Walter Becker and started a musical partnership that eventually became the band Steely Dan. Can’t Buy a Thrill, Steely Dan’s first album was released in 1972; over the next eight years, the band released six more critically acclaimed albums that blended elements of jazz, rock, funk, R&B and pop, culminating with Aja (1977) and Gaucho (1980). Steely Dan disbanded in 1981 but later resumed playing live concerts, as well as releasing two albums of new material; they have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. Fagen has also released four albums of solo material, including The Nightfly (1982), and, most recently, Sunken Codos (2012). In the 1980s, Fagen briefly wrote a film music column for Premiere magazine, as well as contributing pieces to Slate, Harpers Bazaar and Jazz Times.