Jeff Beck is one of rock’s most respected and dynamic instrumentalists. He rose to fame as the guitarist for the British Invasion band The Yardbirds, before forming The Jeck Beck Group and later enjoyed a solo career.
He is widely regarded as a “guitarist’s guitarist” and has won many acclaimed awards and been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice. Beck was born in Wallington, England in 1944 and began his career backing Screaming Lord Sutch before replacing Eric Clapton in The Yardbirds in 1965. However he only lasted a year with the band.
In 1967 alongside Ron Wood and Rod Stewart he formed The Jeff Back Group. The Jeff Beck Group is often credited as establishing the roots for heavy metal through their rearrangements of blues-based songs. The band was finally disbanded in 1971 and Beck then engaged in a solo career. He recorded hit albums in 1975 & 1976.
Most of his work has been instrumental based with a focus on creating an innovative sound across a range of genres. Rolling Stones magazine described him as “one of the most influential lead guitarists in rock”. He has performed on albums by iconic artists such as Kate Bush, Mick Jagger, Morrissey and Roger Waters.
Colorful image of Jeff Beck performing at the Teatro Metropolitan, Mexico City in October 1998.
Jeff Beck performing onstage at The Roundhouse, London in March 1972