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, 2000 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (3) Vertical Horizon, Everything You Want ~ #2 (1) Aaliyah, Try Again ~ #1 (4) Enrique Iglesias, Be With You


Jeff Beck ~ Ranked Fricke's Picks: #14 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Guitarists in 2003 ~ But Beck's commercial peak came in the mid-1970s, with an idiosyncratic style of jazz fusion (whiplash melodies; artful, roaring distortion; whammy-bar hysterics) that he still plays today with undiminished class and ferocity. ~ 2003 © Rolling Stone

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

Although the British rock and roll scene of the 1960s introduced bands more popular and longer-lived than the Yardbirds, only a few can match that august quintet for their lasting influence. Extant only from 1963 to 1968, the Yardbirds were crucial to the development of rock and roll from its roots in rhythm and blues to its growth into psychedelia and heavy metal. At the heart of the band's distinctive sound were three of rock's most gifted guitarists: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. Each shouldered lead guitar duties during the band's brief history - Beck and Page simultaneously at one point - and their technical innovations, as well as the prominence they have achieved since, have combined to create a Yardbirds legacy that has lasted considerably longer than the band itself. ~ Musicianguide: The Yardbirds ~ retrieved January 9, 2014 © Musicianguide

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

The Jeff Beck Group ~ Plynth (Water Down The Drain) ~ Named one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll in 1995.

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