JEFF BECK FACTS:
Hometown: Wallington, England
Albums: Truth (1968); Beck-Ola (1969); Rough and Ready (1971); Jeff Beck Group (1972); Beck, Bogert & Appice (1973); Blow by Blow (1975); UPP (1975); Truth/Beck-Ola (1975); Wired (1976); There and Back (1980); Flash (1985); Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop (1989); Frankie's House (1992); Crazy Legs (1993); Who Else! (1999); You Had It Coming (2001); Jeff (2003); Emotion & Commotion (2010);
Awards: 2 Inductions to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 6+ Grammy Awards
Hits: "Do You Know (What It Takes)," "Show Me Love," "Dancing on My Own,"
Other: Part of The Yardbirds, one of Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."
In the world of classic rock, everyone knows the name Jeff Beck. As one of the founding members of the legendary Yardbirds, Beck is widely considered to be one of the best rock and roll guitarists of time. Over the last 40 years, Beck has experimented with numerous styles and sounds and remains an influential figure in music today.
Beck got his start by playing music at a relatively young age, and entered the industry as a session guitarists in the early 1960s. However, it was not until the middle of the decade that his career began to take off. In 1965, The Yardbirds asked Beck to replace Eric Clapton. Though Beck only spent a short time with the band, the one album he recorded, Roger the Engineer, was a significant hit and is believed by many music historians to be a precursor to heavy metal.
By the time he left the band in 1966, Beck had begun to play with the most famous names in classic rock history. He performed with the likes of Jimmy Page, Keith Moon and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones. In 1967, he joined with Rod Stewart and formed The Jeff Beck Group, which released four albums over the next several years until they officially disbanded in 1972.
Soon after, Beck was looking for a new sound, and found it when he helped form the power trio Beck, Bogert & Appice. The band found minor success with their self-tittled debut album in 1973.
By the 1980s, Beck began to eschew forming ever-changing bands in favor of performing with legends of rock. He shared the stage with the likes of Clapton, Page, Sting and Phil Collins. Throughout the 1990s, Beck continued to record and release more solo work, and by the time the 2000s rolled around he was producing some of his most experimental music ever.
The result of Beck continuing to push the boundaries was the 2003 album Jeff. Paced by an eclectic mix of hard rock and jazz fusion, the album received wide spread critical acclaim, and the track "Plan B" won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.
Backed by the critical acclaim of his previous release, 2010's Emotion & Commotion was Beck's most commercially successful record ever. The album debuted at number 11 on the Billboard 200 charts, and indicates that, although he is approaching 70, Beck is not slowing down.