Geoffrey Arnold Beck, better known as Jeff Beck, was born on June 24, 1944, in Wallington, England. His fast intricate style of playing guitar was influential on several genres of popular music, including jazz rock, and heavy metal.
In 1965, Beck’s style caught the attention of members of the Yardbirds. He joined the band replacing Eric Clapton, but the gig only lasted a year when Beck formed his own band, The Jeff Beck Group with Ron Wood on bass, Nicky Hopkins on keyboards, and Rod Stewart on vocals. In 1970, Jeff was injured in an automobile accident interrupting his career, but he recovered and formed a new Jeff Beck Group in 1971, and in a collaboration with Carmine Appice and Tim Bogert released two albums.
In 1975, Beck released an all-instrumental album produced by Sir George Martin which featured a jazzier approach that was well received by the public and critics. This became his style for the remainder of his career.
In later years Beck maintained a relatively low profile, touring occasionally and recording. He has recorded with Stevie Wonder, B.B. King, Tina Turner, Sly Stone, Buddy Guy Van Morrison, Buddy Miles, Donovan, and many other artists.
Jeff Beck wasn’t afraid to talk about his music in a career that spanned over 50 years, Beck developed a sonic vocabulary with his inventive style which defied categorization. He received eight Grammy awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Yardbirds in 1992 and as a solo artist in 2009. Jeff Beck died on January 10, 2023, Wadhurst, England.
1964 The Fitz and Starts - So Sweet,
1964 The Nightshift - Stormy Monday Blues,
1965 Sonny Boy Williamson and the Yardbirds - Pontiac Blues,
1966 Yardbirds - Jeff's Blues,
1968 Donovan - Barabajagal (Love Is Hot),
1968 Beck’s Bolero – Jeff Beck (Truth),
1968 Paul Jones - The Dog Presides,
1970 Screaming Lord Sutch - Gutty Guitar,
1985 Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart - People Get Ready,
1988 John’s Children - But She's Mine,
1993 Big Town Playboys with Jeff Beck – Catman,
1998 Jeff Beck - A Day In The Life (In My Life),
2002 B. B. King - Three O'clock Blues,
2003 Jeff Beck and King Solomon Burke ( NYs Live) - Hi Ho Silver Lining,
2007 Ronnie Scott’s - Train Kept A Rollin',
2013 Roger Taylor - Say It's Not True,
2017 Van Morrison - Stormy Monday / Lonely Avenue,
2020 Dion - Can’t Start Over Again,
The extra, Jeff Beck sings!
1973 Beck, Bogert, and Appice – Black Cat Moan (Jeff vocal and guitar).