Personalities | Jeff Beck | Seventies | Rock

(Guitar, vocals, b. 1944)

Regarded as one of Britain’s finest rock guitarists, Beck left The Yardbirds in 1968 to form The Jeff Beck Group, initially featuring Rod Stewart on vocals. The band’s second incarnation made two ground-breaking albums that mixed rock and pop with jazz and R&B. In 1972, the guitarist became part of the short-lived power trio Beck, Bogert & Appice before making an all-instrumental jazz-fusion album Blow By Blow (1975) and a collaborative work with keyboardist Jan Hammer, 1976’s Wired. After a live album with Hammer’s group in 1977, Beck did not record again until 1980’s There And Back.

His career in the 1980s and 1990s was sporadic, littered with guest appearances, notably on Tina Turner’s Private Dancer (1984) and Jimmy Page and Robert Plant’s Honeydrippers Vol. 1 (1984). Latterly, he has developed a new style, mixing electronics with his familiar blues rock playing.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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