Legendary Guitarist Jeff Beck Passes Away at Age 78
Legendary guitarist Jeff Beck, acclaimed for his style of rock, blues, and even jazz, passed away on Tuesday, the 11th of January, 2023 at the age of 78 due to meningitis. Members of the rock and heavy metal communities including Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones, Gene Simmons of Kiss, and Tony Iommi from Black Sabbath flocked to pay their tributes to Beck.
Jeff Beck was born in London, England in June of 1944. Breaking into music in the 1960s as part of The Yardbirds, alongside the likes of Jimmy Page with Eric Clapton, Beck’s star only began to rise as he released his own solo album, Blow By Blow, in the mid-1970s. He was later ranked fifth on the rolling stone list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.
Beck known for his vast musical expertise and innovative sound on the electric guitar won 8 Grammy awards. His colleagues have been devastated by the sudden and tragic death of the iconic guitarist. Mick Jagger declared him “a wonderful man and one of the greatest guitarists in the world”; Gene Simmons stated “No one played guitar like Jeff”; and Ozzy Osbourne stated it was “an incredible honor to have played with him”.
The passing of Jeff Beck undoubtedly marks a great loss in the world of rock, blues, and jazz. His legacy lives on beyond his music through his colleagues and the generations of fans he created with his one-of-a-kind sound.