Jeff Beck, legendary rock guitarist and musician, dies aged 78
Jeff Beck, the rock guitarist often considered one of the greatest artists of all time, has died, according to a statement posted on his official social media accounts. He was 78.
“On behalf of his family, we are deeply saddened and deeply saddened to share the news of the passing of Jeff Beck,” the newspaper said. declare speak. “After suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis, he passed away peacefully yesterday. His family asks for privacy while they process this tremendous loss.”
His representative, Melissa Dragich, confirmed the news to CNN via email.
Beck rose to fame in the ’60s when he replaced Eric Clapton at the Yardbirds. He left a year later to form his own group The Jeff Beck Group, starring Rod Stewart and Ron Wood.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 as part of the Yardbirds and reintroduced in 2009 as a solo artist.
An eight-time Grammy Award winner, Beck first won the award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 1985 for “Escape”. He went on to win five more times in that category.
Last year, Beck toured with Johnny Depp, after the two recorded a cover album together titled “18”.
Some of Beck’s most critically acclaimed songs include “Heart Full of Soul,” Yardbirds’ 1965 single, “I Ain’t Superstitious” from his 1968 debut solo album with The Jeff Beck Group, ” Truth” and “Freeway Jam” from his second album, “Blow by Blow” in 1975.
Reacting to Beck’s Death, Stewart wrote on Twitter that Beck “is one of the few live guitarists who will actually listen to me sing and respond.”
“Jeff, you are the greatest, man,” he said.
Another old friend of Beck, Wood, also paid tribute to him on Wednesday, writing on Twitter that he “will miss him very much.
“I want to thank him for all the early days we spent together at Jeff Beck Corporation, conquering America,” he wrote. “Musically, we broke all the rules, amazing, groundbreaking rock ‘n’ roll!”
KISS bassist and co-leader Gene Simmons called Beck’s departure “heartbreaking”.
“No one plays guitar like Jeff,” Simmons Written on Twitter. “Please grab the first two Jeff Beck Group albums and witness the awesomeness. RIPPING OFF.”
According to his agent, Beck is from England and lives with his wife Sandra.