Before there was Beck, there was Jeff Beck. Geoffrey Arnold “Jeff” Beck (born 24 June 1944) is an English rock guitarist. He was one of the three noted guitarists — the others being Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page — to have played with The Yardbirds. He was ranked 14th in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”and 2nd greatest rock guitarists of all time in DigitalDreamDoor, a site that ranks movies and music.MSNBC has called Beck a “guitarist’s guitarist” and Rolling Stone Magazine has described him as “one of the most influential lead guitarists in rock”.
Much of Beck’s recorded output has been instrumental, with a focus on innovative sound and his releases have spanned genres ranging from blues-rock, heavy metal, jazz fusion and most recently, an additional blend of guitar-rock and electronica. Beck has earned wide critical praise; furthermore, he has received the Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance four times. Although he has had two hit albums (in 1975 and 1976) as a solo act, Beck has not been able to establish and maintain a broad following or the sustained commercial success of many of his collaborators and bandmates.
Beck was nominated for 2009 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and chosen for induction for the 4 April 2009 ceremony. He was inducted by his good friend (and fellow former Yardbirds guitarist) Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin.
Please enjoy this video clip of Jeff Beck performing a three song medley at the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.