The greatest guitarist who was known as Guitar God. Jeff Beck, one of the most acclaimed guitarists in history, died Tuesday after contracting bacterial meningitis. He was 78 years old
Who is Jeff Beck
Who is Jeff Beck He was admired for his one-of-a-kind sound, which he created by manipulating his amplifiers, the way he picked his strings using only the fleshy part of his right thumb and a singular use of the tremolo or ‘whammy’ bar that stuck out from his famous Fender Stratocaster exp-Latino host Felix Contreras. “Beck was truly one of the last guitar heroes who came of age expanding the technical capabilities of the electric guitar
Often described as one of the greatest guitarists of all time, Beck – whose fingers and thumbs were famously insured for £7m – was known as a keen innovator. He pioneered jazz-rock, experimented with fuzz and distortion effects and paved the way for heavier subgenres such as psych rock and heavy metal over the course of his career. He was an eight-time Grammy winner, recipient of the Ivor Novello for outstanding contribution to British music and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame both as a solo artist and as a member of the Yardbirds.
With the death of Jeff Beck, we have lost a wonderful man and one of the greatest guitar players in the world |
Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour wrote, I am devastated to hear the news of the death of my friend and hero Jeff Beck, whose music has thrilled and inspired me and countless others for so many years … He will be forever in our hearts.
Johnny Marr called him “a pioneer and one of the all-time greats”, while Whitesnake’s David Coverdale wrote, “Oh, my heart RIP, Jeff you will be missed
jeff beck Bio.
Geoffrey Arnold Jeff Beck (born 24 June 1944) is an English rock guitarist. Jeff Beck was one of the three noted guitarists, the others being Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page, to have played with The Yardbirds. Beck was ranked 5th in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”
Born on 24th June 1944, just before the end of World War II, Beck grew up in Wallington, England. His mother’s piano playing, and the family’s radio tuned to everything from dance to classical, made sure Beck was surrounded by music from a young age.
“For my parents, who lived through the war, music was a source of comfort to them. Life was tense and music helped them forget about their troubles. I’m sure that made an impression on me,” recalls Beck. “I was really small when jazz broke through in England and I can still remember sneaking off to the living room to listen to it on the radio—much to my parent’s disapproval.”
Inspired by the music he heard, it wasn’t long before Beck picked up a guitar and began playing around London. He briefly attended Wimbledon’s Art College before leaving to devote all of his time to music. Beck worked as a session player, with Screaming Lord Sutch—the British equivalent to Screaming Jay Hawkins—and the Tridents, before he replaced Eric Clapton as the Yardbirds’ lead guitarist in 1965.
Beck left the band in 1967 and formed The Jeff Beck Group, which featured Rod Stewart on vocals and Ron Wood on bass. The band released two albums—“Truth” (1968) and “Beck-Ola ” (1969)—that became musical touchstones for hard rockers in the years to come.
Stewart and Wood left to join the Faces and Beck disbanded the group until 1971, when he formed a new version of the band and recorded two albums-Rough and Ready (1971) and “The Jeff Beck Group (1972) Beck again dissolved the group and formed a power trio with bassist Tim Bogert and drummer Carmine Appice, which released Beck Bogert and Appice (1973).
Veering away from hard rock, Beck created two landmark jazz-fusion albums-Blow By Blow (1975) and “Wired (1976). The all instrumental albums were a critical and popular success and remain two of the top-selling guitar instrumental albums of all time. The live album, Jeff Beck with the Jan Hammer Group Live followed in 1977.
Music may have been one of Beck’s earliest passions but it has always shared space with a love of hot rods that began as soon as he could see over the dashboard. After the success “Blow By Blow” and “Wired ,” Beck began devoting more time to his fleet of hot rods. “I like the studio because it’s delicate; you’re working for sound. I like the garage because chopping up lumps of steel is the exact opposite of delicate, Explains Beck. The garage is a more dangerous place though. I’ve never almost been crushed by a guitar, but I can’t say the same about one of my Corvettes.
Beck returned in 1980 with “There and Back, But he Wouldn’t be heard from again until 1985’s “Flash, which earned him the Best Rock Instrumental Grammy-his first-for the song “Escape.” Beck re-emerged from semi-retirement in 1989 with “Jeff Beck’s Guitar Shop with Terry Bozzio and Tony Hymas .The album earned him his second Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental. After a co-headlining tour with Stevie Ray Vaughan, Beck gave retirement another try, but it didn’t last.
Beck returned to the studio in 1993 backed by the Big Town Playboys to record “Crazy Legs,” a tribute to seminal rockabilly artist Gene Vincent and his guitarist Cliff Gallup. Six years passed before the release of “Who Else!” (1999) but the album opened a relative floodgate of music by Beck standards. It only took two years before “You Had It Coming ,” (2001), which earned Beck his third Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental for the song “Dirty Mind.”
To support his album Jeff Beck returned to the road in the summer of 2003 on a coast-to-coast tour with blues legend B.B. King on the 12th Annual B.B. King Music Festival. The landmark event, presented by VH1 Classic, also featured New Orleans-based progressive funk outfit Galactic and up-and-coming Florida-bred murky blues band Mofro. An official bootleg “Live at B.B. King Blues Club” was recorded in the New York club in September 2003, and released for online retail only at www.jeffbeckmusic.com.
In the summer of 2004 Jeff Beck toured the UK, the first time since 1990, using momentum gained from a fourth Grammy for the track “Plan B” on the album “Jeff”. He put together a new band for comprising Vinnie Coliauta, Pino Palladino and Jason Rebello for Japan in July 2005 and kept them for a 6 date US West Coast tour in the spring of 2006. It was from those dates that the ‘must have’ Jeff Beck live CD, the “Official Bootleg” was created. Although Pino wasn’t available, Jeff kept Vinnie and Jason, adding Randy Hope-Taylor for UK and European dates, plus two Japanese festivals in the summer of that year, followed by a long tour of the US in September.
2007 began in public with a duet with Kelly Clarkson on TV’s American Idol Gives Back to a reputed audience of 30 million! During the summer Jeff undertook 7 dates in Europe and finished playing to a crowd of over 30,000 at the Crossroads Guitar festival in Chicago
Beck began his profession by investigating the heavier side of rock prior to changing gears in 1975 with the momentous instrumental jazz-combination collections, “Quickly pass up Blow” and “Wired
Delivered by Sir George Martin, renowned maker of The Beatles, the two collections broke individuals’ predispositions of what a stone guitarist should seem like. By melding the intricacy of moderate stone and improvisatory opportunity of jazz with intergalactic guitar tones and a comical inclination, Beck opened up the skyline for future guitar instrumentalists like Steve Vai and Joe Satriani.
Right after those two collections, Beck turned out to be progressively inspired by the conceivable outcomes of electronic music on account of his coordinated efforts with previous Mahavishnu Ensemble keyboardist, Jan Sledge. In front of an audience, Sledge’s unbelievable dominance of the Smaller than expected Moog synthesizer pervaded Beck works of art like “Expressway Jam” and “Blue Breeze” with an out of control, supernatural air that was somewhat radical. Thinking back on the visit for “Wired”-recorded on “Jeff Beck with the Jan Sledge Gathering Live” (1978) — Beck says the shows left some in the crowd scratching their heads.
“I don’t assume many individuals understood what in the world was going on in front of an audience,” says Beck. “I can perceive you it was a thrilling — electric — time for us as artists since we were pushing the music in new bearings. At that point, I think we were a little out there for the vast majority, however when you think back now… it seems like we were on to something.”
Despite the fact that their organization just endured a couple of years, Beck says Mallet keeps on moving him to look out and involve new sounds in his music. “The manner in which Jan utilized innovation truly turned my head around and opened up another world for me,” says Beck. “He caused me to understand that things are continuously changing and you can’t stand by. You need to keep your ears completely open to hear what’s happening or the music will cruise you by.”
Top 10 Jeff Beck Songs
- Can’t Give Back the Love I Feel for You,
From-Jeff Group (1972)
- Going Down
From- Jeff Group (1972)
- Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers’
From- Blow by Blow (1975)
- Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
From- Wired (1976)
- Freeway Jam
From- Blow by Blow (1975)
- I Ain’t Superstitious
From- Truth (1968)
- Beck’s Boloro
From- Truth (1968)
- Happenings Ten Years Time Ago
From- 1966 Single
- Heart Full of Soul
From- 1965 Single
|Real Name||Geoffrey Arnold Beck|
|Nick Name||Jeff Beck|
|Profession||English rock guitarist|
|Record Label||EMI, Epic|
|Formerly of||The Yardbirds, the Jeff Beck Group, Beck, Bogert & Appice.|
|Wife Name||Sandra Cash|
|Ex-wife name||Patricia Brown|
|Age||78 years old|
|Height||5 feet 10 inch|
|Date of Birth||24 June 1944|
|Date of Death||10 January 2023|
|Birth Place||Wallington, Surrey (England)|
|School||Sutton Manor School|
|Father Name||Arnold Beck|
|Mother Name||Ethel Beck|
|Siblings Name||Anetta Beck|
|Net Worth||$18 million USD approx.|