UK guitar legend Jeff Beck made his professional debut with The Tridents before shooting to fame as Eric Clapton's replacement in The Yardbirds. His trademark use of feedback and distorted sounds won over any doubters but tensions in the band led to Beck's departure in 1966. After scoring a solo UK Top 20 hit with Hi-Ho Silver Lining in 1967, Beck wasted little time in recruiting Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood, and Nicky Hopkins for the Jeff Beck Group, releasing the lauded albums, Truth and Beck-ola in 1968 and 1969 respectively. After recovering from a serious car crash, Beck regrouped as the trio Beck, Bogart And Appice with Vanilla Fudge's, Tim Bogart and Carmine Appice, before relaunching his solo career with his 1975 masterpiece, Blow By Blow. A groundbreaking fusion of jazz, blues and rock, the album sold over a million copies as did the acclaimed follow-up, Wired. After a three-year hiatus, Beck released There And Back but kept a low profile for much of the 80s before returning with Guitar Shop in 1989. 1999's Who Else!, incorporated elements of electronica but was not a commercial success despite excellent reviews. The eclecticism was in evidence on You Had It Coming, and Beck persisted with the format on 2003's Grammy-winning set, Jeff.
Followers: Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Satriani, Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Influenced By: Les Paul, Cliff Gallup, Chuck Berry, Steve Cropper, John Mayall...