Jeff Beck, Iconic and Influential Guitarist, Dead at 78

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Jeff Beck, the guitarist behind The Yardbirds and the Jeff Beck Group, has died. Beck passed away on January 10th, and at the time of his passing, he was 78 years old.

News of Beck’s passing comes from his Twitter account. Per the post that was uploaded:

“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 for privacy while they process this tremendous loss.”

Beck was most famously known for his guitar work in The Yardbirds, an English rock band that formed back in 1963. After his time in that band, the guitarist would go on to play in the Jeff Beck Group and Beck, Bogert & Appice.

Beck was a hell of an innovative guitar player, able to fuse and work with a great plethora of musical styles. Among the musical genres he worked with, Beck’s music involved hard rock, blues rock, and even some electronica (just to name a few).

Over the course of his career, the guitarist contributed to more than 15 studio albums and collaborated with a great number of musical artists across all different genres of music.

In fact, Beck had worked with the likes of heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne and was part of the latter’s 2022 album Patient Number 9. Specifically, Beck played on the album’s self-titled track and the song “A Thousand Shades.”

We send our love to Beck’s family and loved ones. Thank you for your brilliant and captivating art sir <3