August 11, 2022 – In the beginning Steely Dan was very much a band. In 1972 there were six guys in the mix, Donald Fagen on keys and vocals, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Denny Dias and Walter Becker on Guitars, Jim Hodder on drums and David Palmer on vocals. There was also shades of what was about to happen in the band – the plethora of studio cats. On the first album, “Can’t Buy a Thrill,” Elliott Randall was brought in to play that iconic intro guitar solo on “Reelin’ In the Years.” He also played lead guitar on the tune “Kings” on the record.
Randall was brought back into the fold in 1975 for the album “Katy Lied.” On this project he played lead on “Throw Back the Little One.” He was back the following year for the album, “The Royal Scam.”
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John Beaudin has been in major market radio (Edmonton, Vancouver & Calgary) for 40 years and a music journalist since 1989. He graduated from Broadcasting school as a newsman so he would have the skills to write about the artists that inspired him since he bought his first album, “Madman Across The Water” by Elton John as a teen. In the ’80s Beaudin was the host of the syndicated radio show “The Cross Canada Report” which had two versions (Rock and A/C). Beaudin was also asked to be a judge at the Juno Awards (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) Twice. He has anchored every position in radio including morning and afternoon drive and was a Program and Music Director for The Breeze and California 103 in Calgary. He currently hosts a weekly evening show at Move 103.5 (formerly QM-FM) in Vancouver and on iHeartRadio.
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