Initially played with the band Earbirds, later broke away to focus on solo performances. Reached the peak of fame in the sixties, which spread over the next few decades. He was one of the best guitarists in history. That Jeff Beck, the British guitar legend, has died. The guitarist died last Tuesday at the age of 78, his official website confirmed.
Confirming the death of the legendary guitarist, a statement released on his website said, “It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that his family announces that Jeff Beck has passed away.”
Jeff Beck’s fame was not limited to his performances but also inspired the rise of heavy metal, jazz-rock and even punk in the sixties. To Jeff Beck, the guitar was like an obedient instrument. He didn’t care much about conventional rules. If you get the guitar in your hands, you will be lost in another world.
In an interview in 2009 when he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the second time, Jeff Beck said, “I play that way because it helps me bring out the hardest sounds possible.” That’s the point, isn’t it? I don’t care about rules.’
After breaking up with the Earbirds, Jeff Beck formed his own group with Rod Steward. “Jeff Beck was from another planet,” Rod Stewart wrote on Instagram after his colleague’s death. He took me and Rooney Wood into his “Jeff Beck Group” in the late sixties. We went on a US tour and there was no looking back.’
Apart from this, Johnny Depp, Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, Eric Clapton, Tommy Henriksen and others have expressed deep condolences on the death of a friend.
When Rolling Stone magazine listed the 100 greatest guitarists of all time, Jeff Beck was in the top five. He was called the ‘guitarist’s guitarist’. Jeff Beck was born on June 24, 1944 in London. At the age of six, he was fascinated by the electric guitar playing on the radio. Who knew then, his fate will be tied to the guitar later!
Jeff Beck has won eight Grammys for his work. His latest solo album ‘Loud Hailer’ was released in 2016. Apart from this, his joint album ’18’ with Johnny Depp was released last year.