Sad news to report as legendary rock musician Jeff Beck (born Geoffrey Arnold Beck) has died at the age of 78. A message released today, January 11th, via Beck’s social channels reads as follows:
“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.”
The English rock guitarist played with multiple bands throughout his career, including the Yardbirds, the Jeff Beck Group and Beck, Bogert & Appice, releasing a slew of albums and singles along the way. Beck also guest appeared on numerous recordings, including Stevie Wonder’s ‘Talking Book,’ Rod Stewart’s ‘Camouflage,’ Tina Turner’s ‘Private Dancer,’ ZZ Top’s ‘XXX,’ and most recently Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘Patient Number 9.’
Beck was nominated for sixteen Grammy awards during his life, winning eight of them, the first being ‘Best Rock Instrumental Performance’ for “Escape” in 1985, and his last being Best Rock Instrumental Performance for “Hammerhead” in 2010. Beck was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Yardbirds in 1992, and as a solo artist in 2009.
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