Thursday, February 2, 2023

Jeff Beck, one of rock’s greatest guitarists, dies at 78

He was one of the best guitarists in rock history. Distortion, innovative, important in the development of blues-rock, yet elegant. Magazine’s list of the best guitarists in history rollin stone He is in fifth place, just behind Jimi Hendrix (1st), Eric Clapton (2nd), Jimmy Page (3rd) and Keith Richards (4th). He was 78 and, as revealed by his family via his official Twitter account, the musician was “suddenly” diagnosed with bacterial meningitis. He died in a hospital near his home, a country estate in southern England. The first to exonerate him has been Led Zeppelin founder Jimmy Page, who wrote on his social networks: “The six-string warrior is no longer here for us to admire the magic he weaves around our emotions.” Could. Jeff could broadcast music from the ether. His unique technique. Your limitless imagination. Jeff, I will miss you and your millions of fans. Rest in peace”.

Born in Wallington (England) in 1944, Beck made his legend in the sixties and seventies. First with the Yardbirds and then with his own band, The Jeff Beck Group. The Yardbirds will go down in history as the band that had three of the six string greats in its ranks: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. Beck began singing as a boy in his neighborhood church choir and later entered the Wimbledon School of Art. At the same time, he began training himself on guitar after listening to a Les Paul. England in the early sixties was full of pop and rock and roll. a freak for him Rhythm & Blues Black, Ian Stewart (pianist and sixth Rolling stone), He became fond of the boisterous and dark style of Chuck Berry or Howlin’ Wolf. One of his first professional experiences was playing for Crazy Screaming Lord Sachch.

The Yardbirds In Los Angeles In 1966.  From Left, Chris Dreja, Keith Relph, Jeff Beck (Foreground), Jimmy Page And Jim Mccarthy.
The Yardbirds in Los Angeles in 1966. From left, Chris Dreja, Keith Relph, Jeff Beck (foreground), Jimmy Page and Jim McCarthy. Michael Ochs Archives

When Beck joined the Yardbirds in 1965 to replace Clapton, he began to solidify his personality as a guitarist. An example of such a search is shape of things, where he uses effects to create a psychedelic atmosphere, which was quite innovative at the time. An alternate version of this more distorted song was released years later. Jimi Hendrix admitted that Beck’s style greatly influenced him in this piece. Beck and Jimmy Page came together in The Yardbirds. To demonstrate this, there is a duality that they maintain in a scene Shock, 1966 film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. In that landmark footage, Beck destroys his guitar by smashing it against the amp and then stomps furiously on it.

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But Beck’s best was yet to come. Outside of the Yardbirds, he formed the Jeff Beck Group with vocalist Rod Stewart and bassist Ronnie Wood (later guitarist in the Faces and the Rolling Stones). With two albums released by this group, truth (1968) Y Bake-Ola (1969), Beck establishes the basis of blues-rock and even hard rock. the page has accepted truth He was fascinated and was later instrumental in composing the first Led Zeppelin album, released in 1969. The guitars on these albums sound heavy and harsh. riff and refined and nervous in Plucks. Listen to Willie Dixon’s version i’m not superstitious Coming in is Beck’s diabolical style, a guitar that knows how to leave room for Rod Stewart’s soulful voice. Truth and Bake-Ola, Two masterpieces.

In 1969, his plans to join former members of Vanilla Fudge, Tim Bogert and Carmine Appice, ended in a car accident that fractured his skull and put him out of action for nearly two years. He later managed to form Beck, Bogert & Appice, but life was short and he began recording solo albums. In 1975 he published the recommended blow after blow and in 1976 wired, Basically instrumental works. Allergic to stagnation, he left behind heavy blues-rock and put his Fender Stratocaster (he almost always used that model) in the service of jazz-fusion, funk or progressive. They remain complex, exciting albums and objects of study by guitar magazines to this day.

Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton And Jeff Beck Performing At The Arms Charity Concert At The Royal Albert Hall In London, September 1983.
Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck performing at the ARMS charity concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London, September 1983. Larry Hulst (Getty Images)

Beck has continued ever since, publishing a dozen records with a notion that none have really caught on. and collaborating for people like Tina Turner, Mick Jagger, Roger Waters, Jon Bon Jovi, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder or Stanley Clarke. He won eight Grammy Awards and was a member of the Rock Hall of Fame twice, both for his solo career and as a member of The Yardbirds. However, he never achieved the level of recognition of Hendrix, Clapton or Page. One reason for this is also a small desire to make a career in his own style. He loved to branch out, go on adventures. and self-absorption: he always played to please himself and not to suit the tastes of the general public. He was also weighed down by the fact that he did not serve as a vocalist: neither did Page, but he maintained a solid career with Led Zeppelin, a band that Beck never achieved. Had he kept the first formation of the Jeff Beck Group (with Stewart, Wood and Nicky Hopkins) for more years, he would certainly have received more recognition.

Fond of speed, he amassed a collection of vintage cars. The guitarist, who has been married to Sandra Cash since 2005, had suffered from multiple ailments in recent years. In 2014, at the age of 69, he was forced to cancel his European tour with 42 concerts due to health reasons. Nevertheless, the composer remained active almost until the very last moment. Last year she released an album with actor Johnny Depp titled 18, Among those who added their condolences yesterday was Rod Stewart, a colleague in the sixties, who dismissed them yesterday as: “Jeff Beck was a musician from another planet.” You have no reason…

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