Jeff Beck Has Died at Age 78

Jeff Beck, groundbreaking blues-rock-fusion guitar master, has died. The news of Jeff’s passing was shared through his official social media profiles, revealing that the musician died after “contracting bacterial meningitis.” Jeff passed away this Tuesday, January 10. The full statement reads:

“On behalf of his family, it is with deep and profound sadness that we share the news of Jeff Beck’s passing. After suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis, he peacefully passed away yesterday. His family ask[s] for privacy while they process this tremendous loss.”

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Born in 1944, Jeff Beck began his musical journey way back when he was only six years old. He always cited Les Paul as the first guitar player that impressed him. The song that he heard on the radio at age six was the jazz standard “How High the Moon” where Les was joined by singer Mary Ford.

After changing different bands in the 1960s, Jeff’s first breakthrough came with the Yardbirds after replacing Eric Clapton. However, it was after making his name as a solo artist that Jeff went down in history as one of the most impactful and innovative guitar players of all time.

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In the early days, Jeff was more focused on Gibson Les Paul guitars. Nonetheless, he eventually became one of the most prominent Fender Stratocaster players. And, of course, it was Strat’s whammy bar that allowed him to approach his music differently, ultimately becoming known as one of the most expressive players.

Rest in peace, Jeff.

Photo: Craig Oneal (Jeff Beck 2011)

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