Legendary rock guitarist Jeff Beck has had one of the most influential careers in rock history.
Universally acknowledged as one of the most talented and significant guitarists in the world, Beck has played alongside some of the greatest artists of rock, blues and jazz. Over the course of Beck’s distinguished 50+ music career, he has earned an incredible eight Grammy Awards, been ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time,” and been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame twice – once as a member of the Yardbirds and again as a solo artist. In the summer of 2016, the guitar virtuoso celebrated his 5 decades of music with an extraordinary concert at the famous Hollywood Bowl.
Beck grew up in Wallington, England and between his mother’s piano playing and the family radio tuned to everything from dance to classical; he was surrounded by music from a young age. Beck famously replaced Eric Clapton as the Yardbirds’ lead guitarist in 1965 and later went on to form The Jeff Beck Group, which featured Rod Stewart on vocals and Ron Wood on bass. Their two albums — Truth (1968) and Beck-Ola (1969) — would become musical touchstones for hard rockers in the years to come. The constantly evolving Beck’s next move — a power trio with bassist Tim Bogert and drummer Carmine Appice, which released Beck, Bogert and Appice (1973) — once again shattered people’s preconceptions of what a rock guitarist was supposed to sound like.
Music has always shared space with Jeff’s love of hot rods. After the success of his groundbreaking 1975 jazz-fusion classics Blow By Blow and Wired, Beck began devoting more time to his fleet of cars, but 1985’s Flash kept him in the spotlight as he earned the Best Rock Instrumental Grammy for the song “Escape.” A second Grammy came with Jeff Beck’s Guitar Shop with Terry Bozzio and Tony Hymas, and a third for “Dirty Mind” from the You Had It Coming album in 2001. 2009 saw the release of the platinum-selling Performing This Week… Live at Ronnie Scott’s, which earned a Grammy for “A Day In The Life”.