Jeff Beck

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Jeff Beck
Beck in Amsterdam, c. 1979
Beck in Amsterdam, c. 1979
Background information
Birth nameGeoffrey Arnold Beck
Born(1944-06-24)24 June 1944
Wallington, Surrey, England
Died10 January 2023(2023-01-10) (aged 78)
East Sussex, England
GenresBlues-rock, jazz fusion, hard rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
Years active1965–2023

Geoffrey Arnold Beck (24 June 1944 – 10 January 2023) was an English rock musician. He became famous when he replaced Eric Clapton as the guitarist for The Yardbirds. After leaving The Yardbirds in 1966, Beck worked with his own group and with other musicians.

A lot of Beck's music has no singing. It focuses on Beck's skilled guitar style. His music crosses many genres including blues-rock, heavy metal and jazz fusion. He won four Grammy Awards for "Best Rock Instrumental Performance."

Beck was listed 14th in Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".[1]

Beck was added into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. The first time was as a member of the Yardbirds. The second time was as a solo artist.

Beck died from bacterial meningitis on 10 January 2023 in East Sussex. He was 78.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". Rolling Stone Magazine. 27 August 2003. Archived from the original on 16 February 2008. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  2. "Legendary rock guitarist Jeff Beck dies aged 78". the Guardian. 11 January 2023. Retrieved 11 January 2023.