Jeff Beck
English rock guitarist
Jeff Beck
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.
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Jeff Beck's personal information overview.
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ASCAP's Top Thirty Christmas Songs: Wrapping With Paul Williams, Plus Beth Hart/Jeff Beck And Curtis Stigers Exlcusives
Huffington Post - 2 months
Wrapping Top Holiday Songs with Paul Williams Mike Ragogna: President of ASCAP Paul Williams! Christmas songs! Go! Paul Williams: Let me get myself in the mood. [sings:] “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire..." There it is! It's amazing how quickly you can connect to the emotion and the spirit of the season with this song. What amazes me is that you cannot find a business that has changed more and changes again and again and again than the music business through the years. Eleven months out of the year, the music business keeps changing, from the fifties rock 'n' roll through the seventies singer-songwriters into disco into rap, but you hit the twelfth month of the year and thirty of the top fifty songs were written in the fifties and forties. It's just amazing that these songs have the ability to endure. What a great annuity for the songwriters, but also what a great comfort to the people, because they love to hear them, obviously. MR: And some of them have such great stories. I l ...
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Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page among stars in Tokyo for Classic Rock awards
Reuters.com - 3 months
TOKYO (Reuters) - A host of rockers gathered in Tokyo for this year's Classic Rock Roll of Honour on Friday, an annual awards ceremony hosted by Classic Rock magazine.
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Jeff Beck celebrates 50 years in music
Fox News - 7 months
Legendary guitarist releases new album
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Jeff Beck celebrates his 50th anniversary with a politically aggressive new work
LATimes - 7 months
The cover of the first new album in six years from British guitar hero Jeff Beck shows a megaphone with a finger on the trigger, ready to let it blast. It's an immediate indication that 50 years into his career, Beck is not about to head quietly into that good night. Indeed, the album is packed...
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Review: Jeff Beck’s Virtuosic Sleight of Hand at Madison Square Garden
NYTimes - 7 months
There was something particular, specialized and unusual about nearly every sound Mr. Beck produced.
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First Listen: Jeff Beck, 'Loud Hailer'
NPR - 8 months
More than 50 years into his career, the guitar legend once again demonstrates his mastery of tone, while still balancing his trademark sound with powerful lead vocals.
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Jeff Beck celebrates his 50th anniversary with a politically aggressive new work
LATimes - 12 months
The cover of the first new album in six years from British guitar hero Jeff Beck shows a megaphone with a finger on the trigger, ready to let it blast. It's an immediate indication that 50 years into his career, Beck is not about to head quietly into that good night. Indeed, the album is packed...
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Ted Nugent: From Behind the Six String
Huffington Post - over 1 year
"Ted Nugent is a working hard, playing hard, all-American, ass-kicking, son of a bitch, who exudes and defines the soulfulness of American rhythm and blues and rock 'n' roll -- and a pretty damn good bow hunter too." -- Ted Nugent He may be known as the "Motor City Madman," but when Ted Nugent called me up a few months back as I sat in my hotel room in New Orleans, the way that he spoke reminded me of a book that I once read called, Zen In The Art Of Archery, by Eugen Herrigel. Although the book is one man's quest to understand Zen Buddhism taught through the learning of archery, I found that you could substitute any form of art in place of the word "archery" and it would apply. In the book there is a passage that reads: ... the right frame of mind for the artist is only reached when the preparing and creating, the technical and the artistic, the material and the spiritual, the project and the object, flow together without a break. Although my interviews primarily are guitar- ...
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Tyler Bryant and Jeff Beck warm up The Amp for ZZ Top
Historc City News - almost 2 years
Saturday was the perfect date night for guitar lovers in St Augustine, and Historic City News special events photographer, Mark Cubbedge, was close enough to feel the stage shake. Jeff Beck satisfied the six-stringed daydreamers, while each song performed by Continue Reading →
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Yardbirds Discuss Their Hey-Day Years With Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page
Forbes - almost 2 years
With hits like For Your Love, Shapes Of Things and Heart Full Of Soul, The Yardbirds were one of the most influential of the early 1960s blues-rock bands. They also enjoyed the distinction of having three of the world’s great guitarists – Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page – [...]
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Stratocaster turns 60 but for its musician fans, it never gets old
LATimes - about 3 years
Stratocaster players such as Jeff Beck, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, the Edge and Buddy Guy sing praises for the electric guitar and its perfectly modern design, which turns 60 this year. Rock guitar hero Jeff Beck remembers falling in love for the first time.
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The Enduring Legacy of Stevie Ray Vaughan
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Having sneaked backstage at a C.W. Post College concert on Long Island in 1979, my buddies and I furtively moved around the backstage area, not wanting to attract any attention and look like we belonged. We did not want to get kicked out. Trying to appear as if we were deep in appropriate backstage conversation, we looked over and there was the target of our admiration and backstage list shenanigans, Stevie Ray Vaughan (SRV) on a pay phone, deep in conversation. He wore the hat, slung low over his eyes and when he finally hung up (it seemed like forever as we waited) and walked our way, his sparkly eyes fixed upon us and he said, "How y'all?" We chattered like excited schoolgirls in his wake and to this day, have a story for the ages. There are lots of grizzled rock 'n rollers like me with stories like that about Stevie Ray. He was that kind of guitarist: part Hendrix, part Clapton, part B.B. King and had oh so many influences. Jeff Beck, Albert King, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, ...
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Review: Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck at the Greek Theatre
LATimes - over 3 years
Who'd have guessed that the intersection point in Sunday’s odd couple pairing at the Greek Theatre -- Beach Boys architect Brian Wilson and English guitar hero Jeff Beck -- would turn out to be a lovely expanse of musical landscape somewhere outside Dublin?
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Jeff Beck on His New Tour, and What It’s Like to Jam with Jimi Hendrix
Wall Street Journal - over 3 years
Guitarist Jeff Beck talks about his new tour, his work with Brian Wilson, and his relationships with everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Rod Stewart. Watch the video.
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A gathering of guitars in Stevensville
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Experience PRS event at Paul Reed Smith draws 3,000 Judging from her anecdotes of life on the road with the likes of Prince and Jeff Beck, bassist Rhonda Smith has earned the confidence with which she took the stage Friday before a group of fellow musicians and music fans.
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Amy Winehouse Is Gone. Beth Hart Is Here, Loud and Triumphant
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Amy Winehouse had 14 tattoos. She smoked crack cocaine and took heroin. She was bulimic. As her best known song announced, "I don't want to go to rehab." And she didn't. She died in 2011, aged 27. The tragedy and squalor of her life make it hard to remember that Amy Winehouse was the greatest female singer of the decade. Beth Hart has 9 tattoos. She started drinking as a kid; at 13, she spent a day at Alcoholics Anonymous. On the verge of a great career --- she portrayed Janis Joplin in the musical "Love, Janis" --- she moved on to drugs. She didn't want to go to rehab. She wanted to die. She had a seizure. Her husband lay on top of her, crying. Only then did something shift for her: "I realized, 'This is an amazing person that I have in my life and he loves me. That means there must be something good inside of me.'" The next day, she went into rehab. Beth Hart has been sober for a decade now. So when I say that she is the next Amy Winehouse, I mean it in the best possible way: ...
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Anne Margaret Daniel: Summer Music Across America: August Tours to Follow
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The Beach Boys, "Endless Summer" (1974). ©Capitol Records It's August. One more month of freedom -- if that -- before all levels of schools begin again. One more month for jobs to give way to a precious week or two, or even a long weekend, of summertime. What live music shows will make you think summertime? Here are some choices from across the country. Big music festivals are, of course, the way to hear as much music as you possibly can in a limited amount of time. If you were in Chicago this past weekend, you had Lollapalooza. The Cure, Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails, Lana Del Rey, Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, Vampire Weekend, Cat Power, so many more musicians and bands. Enough, perhaps, to hold lucky Windy City dwellers for the rest of the summertime. It's not even remotely the same, but the 2013 webcasts will show you why you should mark down this festival for next year. This coming weekend, beginning on August 9, Outside Lands happens in Sa ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jeff Beck
    FORTIES
  • 2014
    In November 2014 he accompanied Joss Stone at The Royal British Legion's Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.
    More Details Hide Details One of the most influential guitarists in the history of rock music, Jeff Beck has cited his major influences as Les Paul, the Shadows, Cliff Gallup, Ravi Shankar, Roy Buchanan, Chet Atkins, Django Reinhardt, Steve Cropper and Lonnie Mack. Of John McLaughlin, he said: "he has given us so many different facets of the guitar and introduced thousands of us to world music, by blending Indian music with jazz and classical. I'd say he was the best guitarist alive." While Beck was not the first rock guitarist to experiment with electronic distortion, he nonetheless helped to redefine the sound and role of the electric guitar in rock music. Beck's work with the Yardbirds and the Jeff Beck Group's 1968 album Truth were seminal influences on heavy metal music, which emerged in full force in the early 1970s. Beck was ranked No. 5 in Rolling Stone's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists".
    In 2014 he received the British Academy's Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music.
    More Details Hide Details Beck has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice: as a member of the Yardbirds (1992) and as a solo artist (2009). The electric guitar seemed to be a totally fascinating plank of wood with knobs and switches on it.
  • 2013
    Beck also accompanied Wilson (along with Jardine and Marks) on an eighteen date fall 2013 tour starting in late September and ending in late October.
    More Details Hide Details According to Beck pre-tour, "Brian will kick things off, but I'll also be given enough time to establish what I'm about. In the end, we'll mix and match. It's a complete honor to be on stage with him." In 2014, to mark the beginning of Jeff's World Tour in Japan, a three-track CD titled Yosogai was released on 5 April; the album had yet to be finalized at the time of the tour.
    In 2013, it was announced that he will be performing on Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson's new solo album (alongside Beach Boys Al Jardine and David Marks) on Capitol Records.
    More Details Hide Details On 20 June, Wilson's website announced that the material might be split into three albums; one of new pop songs, another of mostly instrumental tracks with Beck, and another of interwoven tracks dubbed "the suite".
  • 2011
    He was also presented with an honorary doctorate from University of Sussex by Sanjeev Bhaskar, the university's chancellor for "an outstanding musical career and celebrated the relationship between the university and the Brighton Institute of Modern Music (BIMM)" on 21 July 2011.
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    On 18 July 2011, he was honoured with a fellowship from University of the Arts London in recognition of his "outstanding contribution to the field of Music".
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    In 2011, Beck received two honorary degrees from British universities.
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  • 2010
    He has also released a live album titled Live and Exclusive from the Grammy Museum on 25 October 2010.
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    Beck's 2010 World Tour band featured Grammy-winning musician Narada Michael Walden on drums, Rhonda Smith on bass and Jason Rebello on keyboards.
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    Beck collaborated on "Imagine" for the 2010 Herbie Hancock album, The Imagine Project along with Seal, P!nk, India.Arie, Konono N°1, Oumou Sangare and others and received a third Grammy in 2011 for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for the track.
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    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    On 4 July 2009, David Gilmour joined Beck onstage at the Albert Hall.
    More Details Hide Details Beck and Gilmour traded solos on "Jerusalem" and closed the show with "Hi Ho Silver Lining".
    Beck was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on 4 April 2009, as a solo artist.
    More Details Hide Details The award was presented by Jimmy Page. Beck performed "Train Kept A-Rollin'" along with Page, Ronnie Wood, Joe Perry, Flea, and Metallica members James Hetfield, Robert Trujillo, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Jason Newsted.
    Beck played on the song "Black Cloud" on the 2009 Morrissey album Years of Refusal and later that year, Harvey Goldsmith became Beck's Manager.
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    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.
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  • 2007
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The performance was recorded live and afterwards was immediately released for sale. In the same year, he appeared once again at Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival, performing with Vinnie Colaiuta, Jason Rebello, and the then 21-year-old bassist Tal Wilkenfeld.
  • 2003
    Jeff Beck was the opening act for B.B. King in the summer of 2003 and appeared at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2004.
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    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.
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  • 2001
    Beck continued to work with Batten through the post-release tour of You Had It Coming in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details Jeff Beck won his third Grammy Award, this one for 'Best Rock Instrumental Performance' for the track "Dirty Mind" from You Had It Coming (2001).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    Jeff's next release would not be until 1999, his first foray into guitar based electronica, Who Else!
    More Details Hide Details The album also marked Beck's first collaboration with a female musician, Jennifer Batten, in touring, writing, and recording as well as the first time he had worked with another guitarist on his own material since playing in the Yardbirds.
  • 1993
    He accompanied Paul Rodgers of Bad Company on the album Muddy Water Blues: A Tribute to Muddy Waters in 1993.
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  • 1992
    Beck rehearsed with Guns N' Roses for their concert in Paris in 1992, but did not play in the actual concert due to ear damage caused by a Matt Sorum cymbal crash, causing Beck to become temporarily deaf.
    More Details Hide Details The Yardbirds were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. In Beck's acceptance speech he humorously noted that: Someone told me I should be proud tonight... But I'm not, because they kicked me out.... They did... Fuck them!
    He is featured on lead guitar on Roger Waters' 1992 concept album Amused to Death, and on Kate Bush's 1993 album The Red Shoes.
    More Details Hide Details He recorded the instrumental soundtrack album Frankie's House (1992), as well as Crazy Legs (1993), a tribute album to 1950s rockabilly group Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps and their influential guitarist Cliff Gallup.
    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."
    More Details Hide Details During this period, Beck made several guest appearances with other performers, including the movie Twins, where he played guitar with singer Nicolette Larson. After a four-year break, Jeff made a return to instrumental music with the album Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop (1989), the first album to feature Beck as a fingerstyle guitarist, leaving the plectrum playing style. It was only his 3rd album to be released in the 1980s. Much of Beck's sparse and sporadic recording schedule was due in part to a long battle with noise-induced tinnitus. In the 1990s, Beck had a higher musical output.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1986
    "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.
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  • 1985
    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".
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  • 1982
    Beck's contributions were seen and heard in the resulting album and film, both of which achieved worldwide success in 1982.
    More Details Hide Details Another benefit show, the ARMS Concert for Multiple Sclerosis featured a jam with Beck, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. They performed "Tulsa Time" and "Layla".
  • 1981
    In 1981 Beck made a series of historic live appearances with his Yardbirds predecessor Eric Clapton at the Amnesty International-sponsored benefit concerts dubbed The Secret Policeman's Other Ball shows.
    More Details Hide Details He appeared with Clapton on "Crossroads", "Further on up the Road", and his own arrangement of Stevie Wonder's "Cause We've Ended As Lovers". Beck also featured prominently in an all-star band finale performance of "I Shall Be Released" with Clapton, Sting, Phil Collins, Donovan and Bob Geldof.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    Beck toured Japan for three weeks in November 1978 with an ad-hoc group consisting of Clarke and newcomers Tony Hymas (keyboards) and Simon Phillips (drums) from Jack Bruce's band.
    More Details Hide Details Work then began on a new studio album at the Who's Ramport Studios in London and continued sporadically throughout 1979, resulting in There & Back in June 1980. It featured three tracks composed and recorded with Jan Hammer, while five were written with Hymas. Stanley Clarke was replaced by Mo Foster on bass, both on the album and the subsequent tours. Its release was followed by extensive touring in the USA, Japan and the UK.
    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.
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  • 1977
    At this point, Beck was a tax exile and took up residency in the US, remaining there until his return to the UK in the autumn of 1977.
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  • 1976
    To promote the album, Beck joined forces with the Jan Hammer Group, playing a show supporting Alvin Lee at The Roundhouse in May 1976, before embarking on a seven-month-long world tour.
    More Details Hide Details This resulted in the live album Jeff Beck with the Jan Hammer Group Live (1977).
  • 1975
    In a May 1975 show in Cleveland, Ohio (Music Hall), he became frustrated with an early version of a talk box he used on his arrangement of the Beatles' "She's a Woman", and after breaking a string, tossed his legendary Yardbirds-era Stratocaster guitar off the stage.
    More Details Hide Details He did the same with the talk box and finished the show playing a Les Paul and without the box. During this tour he performed at Yuya Uchida's "World Rock Festival", playing a total of eight songs with Purdie. In addition he performed a guitar and drum instrumental with Johnny Yoshinaga and, at the end of the festival, joined in a live jam with bassist Felix Pappalardi of Mountain and vocalist Akira "Joe" Yamanaka from the Flower Travellin' Band. Only his set with Purdie was recorded and released. He returned to the studio and recorded Wired (1976), which paired ex-Mahavishnu Orchestra drummer and composer Narada Michael Walden and keyboardist Jan Hammer. The album used a jazz-rock fusion style, which sounded similar to the work of his two collaborators.
    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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  • 1974
    After a few months Beck entered Underhill Studio and met with the group Upp, whom he recruited as backing band for his appearance on the BBC TV programme Guitar Workshop in August 1974.
    More Details Hide Details Beck produced and played on their self-titled debut album and their second album This Way Upp, though his contributions to the second album went uncredited. In October Beck began to record instrumentals at AIR Studios with Max Middleton, bassist Phil Chen and drummer Richard Bailey, using George Martin as producer and arranger. Jeff Beck's solo album Blow by Blow (March 1975) evolved from these sessions and showcased Beck's technical prowess in jazz-rock. The album reached number four in the charts and is Beck's most commercially successful release. Beck, fastidious about overdubs and often dissatisfied with his solos, often returned to AIR Studios until he was satisfied. A couple of months after the sessions had finished producer George Martin received a telephone call from Beck, who wanted to record a solo section again. Bemused, Martin replied: "I'm sorry, Jeff, but the record is in the shops!"
    Beck, Bogert & Appice dissolved in April 1974 before their second studio album (produced by Jimmy Miller) was finished.
    More Details Hide Details Their live album Beck, Bogert & Appice Live in Japan, recorded during their 1973 tour of Japan, was not released until February 1975 by Epic/Sony.
    Early in January 1974 Beck, Bogert & Appice played at the Rainbow Theatre, as part of a European tour.
    More Details Hide Details The concert was broadcast in full on the US show Rock Around the World in September of the same year. This last recorded work by the band previewed material intended for a second studio album, included on the bootleg At Last Rainbow. The tracks "Blues Deluxe" and "BBA Boogie" from this concert were later included on the Jeff Beck compilation Beckology (1991).
  • 1973
    During October 1973 Beck recorded tracks for Michael Fennelly's album Lane Changer and attended sessions with Hummingbird, a band derived from the Jeff Beck Group, but did not to contribute to their eponymous first album.
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    On 3 July 1973 Beck joined David Bowie onstage to perform "The Jean Genie"/"Love Me Do" and "Around and Around."
    More Details Hide Details The show was recorded and filmed, but none of the released editions included Beck.
    In April 1973 the album Beck, Bogert & Appice was released (on Epic Records).
    More Details Hide Details While critics acknowledged the band's instrumental prowess the album was not commercially well received except for its cover of Stevie Wonder's hit "Superstition".
  • 1972
    They were included on the bill for Rock at The Oval in September 1972, still as "the Jeff Beck Group," which marked the start of a tour schedule of UK, the Netherlands and Germany.
    More Details Hide Details Another U.S. tour began in October 1972, starting at the Hollywood Sportatorium Florida and concluding on 11 November 1972 at The Warehouse, New Orleans.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After six appearances Milford was replaced by Bobby Tench, who was flown in from the UK for the Arie Crown Theatre Chicago performance and the rest of the tour, which concluded at the Paramount North West Theatre, Seattle. After the tour Tench and Middleton left the band and the power trio Beck, Bogert & Appice appeared: Appice took on the role of vocalist with Bogert and Beck contributing occasionally.
  • 1971
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The new band performed as "the Jeff Beck Group" but had a substantially different sound from the first line-up. Rough and Ready (October 1971), the first album they recorded, on which Beck wrote or co-wrote six of the album's seven tracks (the exception being written by Middleton), included elements of soul, rhythm-and-blues and jazz, foreshadowing the direction Beck's music would take later in the decade. A second album Jeff Beck Group (July 1972) was recorded at TMI studios in Memphis, Tennessee with the same personnel. Beck employed Steve Cropper as producer and the album displayed a strong soul influence, five of the nine tracks being covers of songs by American artists. One, "I Got to Have a Song", was the first of four Stevie Wonder compositions covered by Beck. Shortly after the release of the Jeff Beck Group album, the band was dissolved and Beck's management put out the statement that: "The fusion of the musical styles of the various members has been successful within the terms of individual musicians, but they didn't feel it had led to the creation of a new musical style with the strength they had originally sought."
  • 1970
    In 1970, when Beck had regained his health, he set about forming a band with drummer Cozy Powell.
    More Details Hide Details Beck, Powell and producer Mickie Most flew to the United States and recorded several tracks at Motown's famed Studio A in Hitsville U.S.A. with the Funk Brothers, Motown's in-house band, but the results remained unreleased.
  • 1969
    In September 1969, he teamed with the rhythm section of Vanilla Fudge: bassist Tim Bogert and drummer Carmine Appice (when they were in England to resolve contractual issues), but when Beck fractured his skull in a car accident near Maidstone in December the plan was postponed for two and a half years, during which time Bogert and Appice formed Cactus.
    More Details Hide Details Beck later remarked on the 1960s period of his life: "Everyone thinks of the 1960s as something they really weren't. It was the frustration period of my life. The electronic equipment just wasn't up to the sounds I had in my head."
    In 1969, following the death of Brian Jones, Beck was approached about joining the Rolling Stones.
    More Details Hide Details After the break-up of his group, Beck took part in the Music from Free Creek "super session" project, billed as "A.N. Other" and contributed lead guitar on four songs, including one co-written by him.
  • OTHER
  • 1967
    In his autobiography, Nick Mason recalls that during 1967 Pink Floyd had wanted to recruit Beck to be its guitarist after the departure of Syd Barrett but "None of us had the nerve to ask him."
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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.
    More Details Hide Details The group produced two albums for Columbia Records (Epic in the United States): Truth (August 1968) and Beck-Ola (July 1969). Truth, released five months before the first Led Zeppelin album, features "You Shook Me", a song written and first recorded by Muddy Waters, also covered on the Led Zeppelin debut with a very similar arrangement. It sold well (reaching No. 15 on the Billboard charts). Beck-Ola saw drummer Micky Waller replaced by Tony Newman, and, while well-received, was less successful both commercially and critically. Resentment, coupled with touring incidents, led the group to dissolve in July 1969.
  • 1966
    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.
    More Details Hide Details A clip of this iteration of the band can be seen in the 1966 British film Blow Up. Beck was fired in the middle of a U.S. tour for being a consistent no-show—as well as difficulties caused by his perfectionism and explosive temper. After leaving the Yardbirds, Beck recorded the one-off "Beck's Bolero" (with Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Nicky Hopkins and Keith Moon) and two solo hit singles in the UK, "Hi Ho Silver Lining" and "Tallyman".
  • 1965
    Beck was actually pictured on the cover of For Your Love, which was released by the Yardbirds' American label in June 1965, though Clapton played guitar on most of the songs.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details The Yardbirds recorded most of their Top 40 hit songs during Beck's short but significant 20-month tenure with the band allowing him only one full album, which became known as Roger the Engineer (titled Over Under Sideways Down in the United States), released in 1966.
  • 1964
    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".
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  • 1963
    Later in 1963 he joined The Tridents, a band from the Chiswick area. "They were really my scene because they were playing flat-out R&B, like Jimmy Reed stuff, and we supercharged it all up and made it really rocky.
    More Details Hide Details I got off on that, even though it was only twelve-bar blues."
    He joined the Rumbles, a Croydon band, in 1963 for a short period as lead guitarist, playing Gene Vincent and Buddy Holly songs, displaying a talent for mimicking guitar styles.
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    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).
    More Details Hide Details Beck left Night Shift to join The Tridents in October 1964.
  • 1944
    Geoffrey Arnold Beck was born on 24 June 1944 to Arnold and Ethel Beck at 206 Demesne Road, Wallington, England.
    More Details Hide Details As a 10-year-old, Beck sang in a church choir. As a teenager he learned to play a borrowed guitar and made several attempts to build his own instrument, first by gluing and bolting together cigar boxes for the body and an unsanded fence-post for the neck with model aircraft control-lines and frets simply painted on. When fabricating a neck for his next try he attempted to use measurements for a bass guitar. Beck has cited Les Paul as the first electric guitar player who impressed him. Beck has said that he first heard an electric guitar when he was 6 years old and heard Paul playing "How High the Moon" on the radio. He asked his mother what it was. After she replied it was an electric guitar and was all tricks, he said, "That's for me". Cliff Gallup, lead guitarist with Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps, was also an early musical influence, followed by B.B. King and Steve Cropper.
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