Donald Fagen of Steely Dan Charged with Assault

Donald Fagen, co-founder of Steely Dan, was arrested on Monday at his home in New York City after an altercation with his wife, Libby Titus.

Donald Fagen was charged with harassment and misdemeanor assault in Manhattan Criminal Court and released Tuesday morning without bail. He was issued a temporary order of protection, requiring he stays away from Titus. According to the criminal complaint, Fagen shoved Titus into a marble window frame. She suffered bruising and swelling.

Steely Dan, formed in 1972, are known for their jazz-based pop/rock on hits such as “Rikki Don’t Lose that Number,” “Hey Nineteen” and “Deacon Blues.” They have recently played several of their classic albums in their entirety at concerts in New York’s Beacon Theatre.

Libby Titus is a singer/songwriter who has collaborated with Phil Ramone, Robbie Robertson, Paul Simon and Carly Simon. She is best known for her song “Love Has No Pride,” written with Eric Kaz. The song was recorded by Titus, Bonnie Raitt and Linda Ronstadt.

Fagen was born in Passaic, NJ, whose mother Elinor was a swing singer in the Catskill Mountains from childhood through her teens. His family moved to the suburb of Fair Lawn, NJ in 1958 and soon after to the Kendall Park section of South Brunswick, NJ, which upset him but his love of late-night radio would inspire the album The Nightfly.

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