Jeff Beck, guitarist
Yardbirds ~ Jeff Beck Group
birth name: Geoffrey Arnold Beck

Jeff Beck

June 24, 1944, Wallington, Surrey, England

While he was as innovative as Jimmy Page, as tasteful as Eric Clapton, and nearly as visionary as Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck never achieved the same commercial success as any of those contemporaries, primarily because of the haphazard way he approached his career. After Rod Stewart left the Jeff Beck Group in 1971, Beck never worked with a charismatic lead singer who could have helped sell his music to a wide audience. Furthermore, he was simply too idiosyncratic, moving from heavy metal to jazz fusion within a blink of an eye. As his career progressed, he became more fascinated by automobiles than guitars, releasing only one album during the course of the '90s. All the while, Beck retained the respect of fellow guitarists, who found his reclusiveness all the more alluring. ~ Allmusic: Jeff Beck ~ retrieved June 3, 2013 © Allmusic

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June 24, 1972 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (6) Billy Preston, Outa-Space ~ #2 (3) Neil Diamond, Sons Sung Blue ~ #1 (1) Sammy Davis Jr with The Mike Curb Congregation, The Candy Man


Jeff Beck ~ Inducted in the 2009 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

As a Session musician, guest or band member

Tina Turner ~ Private Dancer (1984) ~ Ranked #47 Rolling Stone 100 Best Albums Of The Eighties in 1990 ~ Perhaps the most spectacular comeback album of the Eighties, Private Dancer reestablished Tina Turner as one of rock's premier artists. ~ 1990 © Rolling Stone

The Yardbirds

some band info might not apply to Jeff Beck, a member in 1965 & 1966

Their innovations - a revved-up instrumental attack, controlled use of feedback, distortion and fuzz; and live, improvisational jams they called ‘rave ups’ - paved the way for psychedelic rock, progressive rock, heavy metal, Southern boogie and even punk. ~ Rolling Stone: The Yardbirds ~ retrieved March 12, 2014 © Rolling Stone

The Yardbirds ~ Inducted in the 1992 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ In addition to their six Top 40 songs, the Yardbirds will be remembered as having produced the top three English blues-based guitarists of the '60s: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. ~ 1992 © Rock & Rock Hall Of Fame

The Jeff Beck Group

Jeff Beck Group ~ Rough And Ready (1971) ~ #23 Village Voice Best Albums Of 1971

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