Jeff Beck, a guitar master who advanced the boundaries of blues, jazz, and rock ‘n’ roll and who was renowned as the guitar player’s guitar player, has passed away. His work influenced generations of shredders. He was 78. Beck passed away on Tuesday after “suddenly getting bacterial meningitis,” according to a statement issued by his reps on Wednesday.
Tony Iommi, guitarist for Black Sabbath, posted on Twitter that
“Jeff was such a kind person and an excellent iconic, genius guitar player – there will never be another Jeff Beck.”
Kiss’ Paul Stanley referred to Beck as one of the greatest guitarists of all time tweeted. “Play on now and forever.” Gene Simmons, a bandmate, stated that “Jeff played guitar like no one else.”
When Beck left the Yardbirds, he launched a solo career that included hard rock, jazz, funky blues, and even opera. Beck first gained notoriety as a member of the Yardbirds.
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Beck was a member of the legendary group of rock guitarists from the late 1960s, which also featured Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, and Eric Clapton.
He also earned eight Grammy Awards. He came in at number five on the list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” published by Rolling Stone magazine.
Luciano Pavarotti, Macy Gray, Chrissie Hynde, Joss Stone, Imelda May, Cyndi Lauper, Wynonna Judd, and Buddy Guy are just a few of the vocalists with whom Beck has shared the stage. He recorded two records—Truth in 1968 and Beck-Ola in 1969—with Rod Stewart and one—Emotion & Commotion—with a 64-piece orchestra.
Beck’s career highlights include touring with Brian Wilson and Buddy Guy, recording the Les Paul tribute album Rock ‘n’ Roll Party, and forming the power trio with drummer Carmine Appice and bassist Tim Bogert in 1973. (Honoring Les Paul).