Jeff Beck Passes Away at 78


Jeff Beck, "Wired" via Sony Legacy

Jeff Beck, “Wired” via Sony Legacy – Story by Cat Badra

Musician Jeff Beck has passed away from bacterial meningitis

Multi-talented guitarist Jeff Beck has passed away. He was 78.

The news comes from Beck’s PR firm, Mad Ink PR, who sent out a note stating, “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.”

Beck had been active in the music world up until his death. He recently wrapped up a tour to promote his album with Johnny Depp, “18.” He also recently earned seven Grammys for instrumental performances and another for his 2009 work on Herbie Hancock’s “The Imagine Project.”

Beck became a household name in British band the Yardbirds, which he joined in 1965, taking the place of Eric Clapton. After leaving the band, he teamed up with Jimmy Page to launch his own band, the Jeff Beck Group, which had a budding lead singer in Rod Stewart. The group only lasted for two albums.

Heading into the 1970s, Beck formed a group with bass player Tim Bogert and drummer Carmine Appice of Vanilla Fudge and Cactus. That project didn’t last long, either. In the 1980s, Beck released a sporadic amount of work on various projects and solo work. No matter the project, Beck always brought his unique and special guitar playing, making it his own.

Beck was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. He entered as a member of the Yardbirds in 1992, and he was also inducted into the Rock Hall as a solo performer in 2009. The staff of Audio Ink Radio sends our condolences to Beck’s family and loved ones.

Cat Badra
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