Jeff Beck, guitarist
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

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Jeff Beck ~ Voted #39 Guitar World 100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time in 2012.

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 ~ Ranked #89 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Artists in 2004 ~ “Listen to Somebody, a song I wrote for Aerosmith's first album: It's all from the Yardbirds. They were the shit to us, out of all the British bands in the Sixties. The Yardbirds were a bit of a mystery. They had an eclecticism - the Gregorian chant-ness of the vocals, the melodic diversity, the way they used guitar feedback. I loved that weirdness.” ~ Steven Tyler, Aerosmith ~ 2004 © Rolling Stone

The Yardbirds ~ The Yardbirds also known as Roger The Engineer (1966) ~ Named one of the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die in 2008.

The Jeff Beck Group

Jeff Beck ~ Truth (1968) ~ Named one of the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die in 2008.



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