It is with a heavy heart we report the passing of a musical legend. Jeff Beck, former member of equally equally legendary The Yardbirds passed away on January 10th, 2023. Besides his tenure in The Yardbirds, Beck was also noteworthy for a distinguished solo career, as well as extensive guest credits for a variety of artists over the decades. His passing was announced by his family, via his official social media accounts.
While most of his success came in the UK, his talents were still well known in the US thanks to strong album sales. His tenure with The Yardbirds cemented him in history as he replaced Eric Clapton as the band’s lead guitarist. Beck was later replaced by Jimmy Page. The latter would go on to form Led Zeppelin, while Beck would form The Jeff Beck Group with Sir Rod Stewart on vocals.
The singles market largely eluded Beck in the US, but during the 1970’s when album oriented rock was popular, he achieved strong record sales which kept him a household name. His talents would see him branch out from the blues-rock genre that established him, leading him into realms of jazz, jazz fusion, and more experimental electronica in later years. Also a critical darling, Beck’s work gathered him a total of eight Grammy awards between 1985 and 2010.
It would be hard to name a musical legend Jeff Beck hadn’t worked with over the years. In 2022, he was actively recording, having appeared on Ozzy Osbourne‘s latest album, “Patient Number 9.” One that holds dear to our hearts at Nerdbot is his performance on Tina Turner‘s seminal album “Private Dancer,” and the title track from said record. Most recently, Beck toured with Johnny Depp.
Mick Jagger, ZZ Top, Morrisey, Brian May, Roger Waters, Kate Bush, Stevie Wonder; the list of artists Beck recorded with are without peer. There will never be another Jeff Beck, even with all the musicians his work inspired over the decades. He leaves behind an extensive catalogue of music that is so expansive it would be hard to even know where to start listening if you wanted to explore what he’s done. And perhaps that is one of the greatest things he left the world with; a discography vast enough that you could lose yourself in it for months.
Our hearts go out to his friends, family, and all those affected by his passing.
Read what The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townsend had to say here.