Jeff Beck

Rock Guitarist

Geoffrey Arnold "Jeff" Beck is a British rock guitarist. He is one of the 'three noted guitarists' to have played with The Yardbirds. Beck also formed The Jeff Beck Group and Beck, Bogert & Appice. Much of Beck's recorded output has been instrumental, with a focus on innovative sound and his releases have spanned genres ranging from blues-rock, heavy metal, jazz fusion and an additional blend of guitar-rock and electronica.… Read More

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1944 Birth Geoffrey Arnold Beck was born on 24 June 1944 to Arnold and Ethel Beck at 206 Demesne Road, Wallington, England. … Read More


…  His first regular band was London-based R'n'B outfit The Night Shift (1963-1964) with whom he recorded his first single and also appeared at the 1963 and 1964 Richmond Jazz & Blues Festivals (later to become the Reading Rock Festival). … Read More


1964 20 Years Old His first appearance on vinyl was as a session guitarist on a 1964 Parlophone single by the Fitz and Startz titled "I'm Not Running Away", with B-side "So Sweet".
1965 21 Years Old 1 More Event
In March 1965, Beck was recruited by The Yardbirds to succeed Eric Clapton on the recommendation of fellow session man Jimmy Page, who had been their initial choice. … Read More
1966 22 Years Old From September to November 1966, Beck shared lead guitar duties with Page in the Yardbirds, who initially joined as bass player in June that year. … Read More
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He then formed the Jeff Beck Group, which briefly featured former Shadow Jet Harris on bass, Rod Stewart on vocals, Ronnie Wood firstly on rhythm guitar and later bass, Nicky Hopkins on piano and, after a series of drummers, eventually Micky Waller in early 1967. … Read More
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In 1969, following the death of Brian Jones, Beck was approached about joining the Rolling Stones. … Read More
1970 26 Years Old In 1970, when Beck had regained his health, he set about forming a band with drummer Cozy Powell. … Read More
1971 27 Years Old By April 1971 Beck had completed the line-up of this new group with guitarist/vocalist Bobby Tench, keyboard player Max Middleton and bassist Clive Chaman. … Read More
1972 28 Years Old 1 More Event
Beck then started collaborating with bassist Tim Bogert and drummer Carmine Appice, who became available following the demise of Cactus but continued touring as the Jeff Beck Group in August 1972, to fulfill contractual obligations with his promoter, with a line-up including Bogert, Appice, Max Middleton and vocalist Kim Milford. … Read More
In April 1973 the album Beck, Bogert & Appice was released (on Epic Records). … Read More


Early in January 1974 Beck, Bogert & Appice played at the Rainbow Theatre, as part of a European tour. … Read More
1975 31 Years Old 1 More Event
Beck put together a live band for a US tour, preceded by a small and unannounced gig at The Newlands Tavern in Peckham, London. He toured through April and May 1975, mostly supporting the Mahavishnu Orchestra, retaining Max Middleton on keyboards but with a new rhythm section of bassist Wilbur Bascomb and noted session drummer Bernard "Pretty" Purdie.
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In the spring of 1978, he began rehearsing with ex-Return to Forever bassist Stanley Clarke and drummer Gerry Brown towards a projected appearance at the Knebworth Festival, but this was cancelled after Brown dropped out.


1985 41 Years Old In 1985 Beck released Flash, featuring a variety of vocalists, but most notably former bandmate Rod Stewart on a rendition of Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready".
1986 42 Years Old "Escape" from the album Flash won the award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance at the 1986 Grammys,. which was to be Beck's first of many such awards. … Read More
At Stewart's induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, Beck gave the induction speech, saying of Stewart, "We have a love hate relationship – he loves me and I hate him." … Read More
1993 49 Years Old He accompanied Paul Rodgers of Bad Company on the album Muddy Water Blues: A Tribute to Muddy Waters in 1993.


1999 55 Years Old Jeff's next release would not be until 1999, his first foray into guitar based electronica, Who Else! … Read More
2001 57 Years Old Beck continued to work with Batten through the post-release tour of You Had It Coming in 2001. … Read More
2003 59 Years Old 1 More Event
The song "Plan B" from the 2003 release Jeff, earned Beck his fourth Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance, and was proof that the new electro-guitar style he used for the two earlier albums would continue to dominate.


2007 63 Years Old In 2007, he accompanied Kelly Clarkson for her cover of Patty Griffin's "Up to the Mountain", during the Idol Gives Back episode of American Idol. … Read More
Beck announced a world tour in early 2009 and remained faithful to the same lineup of musicians as in his tour two years before, playing and recording at Ronnie Scott's in London to a sold out audience.
Beck's album, Emotion & Commotion, was released in April 2010. It features a mixture of original songs and covers such as "Over the Rainbow" and "Nessun Dorma". Joss Stone and Imelda May provided some of the guest vocals. Two tracks from Emotion & Commotion won Grammy Awards in 2011: "Nessun Dorma" won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance, and "Hammerhead" won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.
In 2011, Beck received two honorary degrees from British universities.
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