Legendary guitarist Jeff Beck dead at 78

The music world has lost a legend.

I can’t help but feel that 2022 was a devastating year in the music world, with music icons like Loretta Lynn, Jerry Lee Lewis, Anita Pointer, Olivia Newton-John, Naomi Judd, Coolio, Taylor Hawkins and Meat Loaf losing went , and many others.

And unfortunately, 2023 picks up where 2022 left off.

English guitarist and music legend Jeff Beck passed away yesterday at the age of 78.

His family announced that he died suddenly after contracting bacterial meningitis:

“On behalf of his family, it is with deep and deep sadness that we share the news of Jeff Beck’s passing. After suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis, he passed away peacefully yesterday.

His family requests privacy as they process this tremendous loss.”

Regarded as one of the greatest guitarists of all time, Jeff was best known for his work in the Yardbirds, a band that also featured guitar gods Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton.

Beck joined the band after Clapton’s departure, at the suggestion of Jimmy Page, who would go on to become a founding member of Led Zeppelin. Jimmy briefly played bass alongside Beck, but eventually took over lead guitar duties after Beck’s own departure from the band.

Beck later ran the Jeff Beck Group and Beck, Bogert & Appice.

He was an eight-time Grammy winner and a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, both as a solo artist and as a member of the Yardbirds.

Playing everything from rock to blues, hard rock, jazz fusion, electronica and more, Beck was as versatile as they can get, a true pioneer of the guitar world.


A number of fellow musicians took to Twitter to express their condolences:

https://www.whiskeyriff.com/2023/01/11/legendary-guitar-player-jeff-beck-dead-at-78/ Legendary guitarist Jeff Beck dead at 78


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