Jeff Beck, Innovative Guitarist, Dies at 78
On Wednesday, the official website of Jeff Beck announced the passing of the renowned guitarist who gained fame with 1960s supergroup the Yardbirds, and subsequently, had a successful solo career.
He was 78 years old. Beck was known for his exceptional guitar skills and innovation, and was regarded as one of the world’s most exceptional interpreters of rhythm and blues.
According to the website, he died “peacefully” following a brief bout of bacterial meningitis.
Beck had recently finished a tour promoting his album in collaboration with Johnny Depp, “18”.
He received seven Grammy awards for his instrumental performances, and an additional one for his work on Herbie Hancock’s ‘The Imagine Project’ in 2009.
David Gilmour, Pink Floyd guitarist tweeted, “I am devastated to hear the news of the death of my friend and hero Jeff Beck, whose music has thrilled and inspired me and countless others for so many years.
Polly’s and my thoughts go out to his lovely wife Sandra. He will be forever in our hearts.”
Jeff Beck first gained recognition as a member of the Yardbirds, and then embarked on a solo career that encompassed a wide range of musical styles such as hard rock, jazz, blues and even opera.
He was considered among the elite of rock guitarists in the late 1960s, along with fellow musicians such as Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Jimi Hendrix.
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