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  • Legendary British Rock Guitarist Jeff Beck Dies Aged 78

  • British rock guitarist Jeff Beck died from bacterial meningitis at a hospital near Riverhall on January 10, 2023, at the age of 78.

    HIs death was confirmed on his social media, “On behalf of his family, it is with deep and profound sadness that we share the news of Jeff Beck's passing. After suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis, he peacefully passed away yesterday. His family ask for privacy while they process this tremendous loss.”
    Often described as one of the greatest guitarists of all time, Jeff Beck was known as pioneered jazz-rock, experimented with fuzz and distortion effects and paved the way for heavier subgenres such as psych rock and heavy metal.
    Also, his fingers and thumbs were famously insured for £7m.
    He was an eight-time Grammy winner, recipient of the Ivor Novello for outstanding contribution to British music and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame both as a solo artist and as a member of the Yardbirds.
    When Jeff Beck was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the second time in 2009, he said, “I play the way I do because it allows me to come up with the sickest sounds possible. That's the point now, isn't it? I don't care about the rules. In fact, if I don't break the rules at least 10 times in every song, then I'm not doing my job properly.”
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    Jeff Beck was born Geoffrey Beck in 1944, in Wallington, south London.
    When Eric Clapton left the Yardbirds in 1965, recommended Jeff Beck as his replacement. But he was only in the Yardbirds for 20 months, leaving the group in 1966 due to inter-band tensions that had arisen during a US tour.
    In 1968, he released his debut solo album “Truth”. Followed by the second album “Beck-Ola” was released in 1969. But he suffered a head injury in a car accident and took a hiatus his solo career.

    In 1970, after recovering from his skull fracture, he released two albums 1971's “Rough and Ready” and 1972's “Jeff Beck Group”.
    After Jeff Beck Group, he joined in Beck, Bogert & Appice and released the band self-titled debut album in 1973.
    In 1975, he released the album “Blow by Blow” credited to him as a solo artist. The album reached No. 4 on the US Billboard 200 and became his most commercially successful album.
    But later he said, “I shouldn't have done Blow By Blow. I wish I had stayed with earthy rock'n'roll. When you're surrounded with very musical people like Max Middleton and Clive Chaman, you're in a prison, and you have to play along with that.”

  • Since then, he released 10 studio albums, including “Wired”, “There & Back”, “Flash”, “Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop”, “Crazy Legs”, “Who Else!”, “You Had It Coming”, “Emotion & Commotion”, and “Loud Hailer”.
    In 2022, he released the collaborative album “18” with Johnny Depp.
    Also, he joined in Ozzy Osbourne's new album “Patient Number 9” last December. It is his last recording album.
    He won Best Rock Instrumental Performance with “Escape” from 1985's “Flash”, 1989's “Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop”, “Dirty Mind” from 2000's “You Had It Coming”, “Plan B” from 2003's “Jeff”, “A Day In The Life” from 2007's “Live at Ronnie Scott's”, “Nessun Dorma” from 2010's “Live and Exclusive from the Grammy Museum”, "Hammerhead” from 2010's “Emotion & Commotion”, and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals with “Imagine” at Grammy Awards.

  • source : BBC
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