One of my personal “guitar heroes,” has passed away.
From the NY Times…
Jeff Beck, one of the most skilled, admired and influential guitarists in rock history, has died. He was 78.
Wednesday, January 11, 2023 5:22 PM ET
The cause was bacterial meningitis, his publicist said. Mr. Beck’s playing with the Yardbirds and as a leader of his own bands brought a sense of adventure to their groundbreaking recordings.”
I saw these two (Beck & Vaughn) live at Madison Square Garden during the same tour that this clip comes from.
RIP Jeff Beck!
One of the things I most admired about Jeff Beck, is that he showed that it is more than just possible for a white dude to perform and revere Black Music, without being a “culture bandit.” In fact it is possible for a white dude to perform and revere Black Music and EXCEL at it!
Who could ever forget this classic w/Stevie Wonder, from the “Talking Book” LP
Then of course there is this, what some call the greatest FUNK song of all time (I’ll bet most of yall didn’t know that Jeff Beck wrote it?)
I wonder if he ever performed this with Curtis?
Jeff Beck & Stanley Clarke (Lopsy Lu)
Jeff Beck (Stratus Live):
Beck, Bogart & Appice – Superstition (thanks to Lawrence Perry for reminding me)
Jeff with the Jan Hammer Group (from Gary Tyson)
From the classic LP “Blow By Blow,” FREEWAY JAM!
Some early Yardbirds:
More early Yardbirds:
One more from the Yardbirds “Jeff’s Boogie”
Theft? or Tribute? from Howlin Wolf by the Yardbirds (you decide)