Legendary guitarist ‘genius’ of rock, blues and even jazz, Briton Jeff Beck, who created his legend with the band The Yardbirds in the 1960s, died on Tuesday at the age of 78 from meningitis , its official website reported on Wednesday.
“On behalf of his family, it is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of Jeff Beck. After suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis, he passed away peacefully yesterday,” read a statement posted Wednesday evening on the musician’s official website.
The artist has won eight Grammy Awards for his virtuosity and sense of innovation with the electric guitar.
The reactions of his colleagues were not long in coming. Legendary Rolling Stones lead singer Mick Jagger also paid tribute in a video posted on Twitter to “a wonderful man and one of the greatest guitarists in the world.”
Gene Simmons, of the band Kiss, wrote on his Twitter account: “Nobody played guitar like Jeff.”
His colleague from heavy metal band Black Sabbath, Tony Iommi also hailed “an incredible icon, a brilliant guitarist. There will never be another Jeff Beck,” he said.
For his part, singer Ozzy Osbourne said on Twitter that it was “an incredible honor to play with him on (his) last album.”
Also on Twitter, singer Paul Young said he was “devastated by the sudden and tragic death of the legendary guitarist”.
Born in June 1944 in London, Jeff Beck is considered one of the best rock, hard rock, blues and also jazz guitarists of all time, together with Jimmy Page, with whom he played in the group The Yardbirds in 1965. , soon after the departure of the great Eric Clapton.
Fifth in the top 100 guitarists
The duo created their legend with the albums and tracks “Shapes of Things” and “Over Under Sideways Down”.
Capable of switching from one style to another (rock, hard rock, blues, jazz) and also constantly innovating with the sound of his instruments and amplifiers, he founded the hard rock group The Jeff Beck Group in the late 1960s together to then-unknown singer Rod Stewart and guitarist Ron Wood.
Stewart also hailed a “Jeff Beck from another planet” on Wednesday. He brought me and Ronnie Wood to the US in the late 60s with his band The Jeff Beck Group and we haven’t looked back since,” he wrote on Twitter.
Beck then embarked on a long solo career, finding success in the mid-1970s with his ‘Blow By Blow’ album.
In 2015, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him fifth on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.
According to the specialized press, Jeff Beck was not a fan of acoustic guitars, instead he was a fan of electric guitars of the Fender and Gibson brands.
His reputation is also due to his distortion effects with his instruments, a sound also experimented with by guitarist Pete Townshend of the Who around the same time.
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