British rock guitarist Jeff Beck (1944-2023) died on January 10 at the age of 78 of complications from bacterial meningitis, his family announced on Wednesday. 'On behalf of his family, it is with deep sadness that we share the news of Jeff Beck's passing,' the guitarist said in a post on the guitarist's official Twitter and Instagram accounts. 'After suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis, he passed away peacefully yesterday.' As she processes this 'huge loss,' his family asked for privacy.
There is also great grief among his fellow musicians following Beck's death in a hospital near his home in Surrey, England. Several of his longtime friends and associates spoke in memory of him.Superstars mourn the rock legend
Former The Yardbirds bandmate Jimmy Page, 79, wrote on Instagram: 'The six-stringed warrior is gone for us to admire the magic he could weave around our mortal feelings. Jeff could channel music from the ethereal. His Technique was unique. His imagination seemed limitless. Jeff I will miss you along with your millions of fans. Jeff Beck rest in peace.' Beck and Page had joined the English rock band in 1965, with Beck replacing Eric Clapton (77) as guitarist.
A year after joining the Yardbirds, Beck formed his own band, The Jeff Beck Group, with Rod Stewart, 78, and Ronnie Wood, 75. Together they released two albums: 'Truth' and 'Beck-Ola'. Taking to Instagram, Stewart - who was celebrating his 78th birthday on the day of Beck's death - wrote that the beloved musician 'was on another planet.' 'He took me and Ronnie Wood to the US in his band, the Jeff Beck Group, in the late 1960s and we haven't looked back since,' he wrote. 'He was one of the few guitarists who, when playing live, actually listened to me sing and responded. Jeff, you were the greatest man. Thanks for everything. RIP.'
Ronnie Wood tweeted that he felt like 'one of my brothers left this world'. 'I will miss him very much,' he wrote. 'My condolences to [his wife] Sandra, his family and everyone who loved him. I want to thank him for all the early days we spent together at Jeff Beck Group and conquering America.' In another tweet, he wrote that as a band they 'broke all the rules'. 'It was amazing, groundbreaking rock 'n' roll!' says Wood. 'Listen to the incredible track 'Plynth' in his honor. Jeff, I will always love you. God bless you.'
Rolling Stones star Mick Jagger (79), who had Beck play lead guitar on his debut solo album She's the Boss in 1985, wrote on Twitter that 'we have lost a wonderful man and one of the greatest guitarists in the world '. 'We will all miss him so much,' he added.
Ozzy Osbourne (74) wrote on Twitter that it was an 'incredible honor' that Beck played on his last solo album 'Patient Number 9' from 2022. 'I cannot express how sad I am to hear of Jeff Beck's passing,' he wrote. 'What a terrible loss to his family, friends and his many fans. It was such an honor to have known Jeff.'
In a statement sent to People magazine, singer-songwriter Billy Joel (73) responded to the 'sad news' of Beck's death and called him 'the great, virtuoso guitarist.' He added: 'He was one of my heroes. I was fortunate enough to meet him recently and I am now very grateful to have been able to tell him how much I admired his musical ability. This is the end of an era. R.I.P.'
Kiss bandmates Paul Stanley, 70, and Gene Simmons, 73, both responded to Beck's death on Twitter, with Stanley writing, 'WOW. What terrible news.' 'Jeff Beck, one of the masters of the guitar, has passed away,' he continued. 'From the Yardbirds and Jeff Beck Group onwards, he blazed a trail that cannot be followed. Keep playing now and forever.' Simmons wrote that 'no one' could play the guitar quite like Beck. 'Please get the first two Jeff Beck Group albums and admire his greatness,' he wrote.One of the greatest guitarists
Jeff Beck rose to prominence as a member of the band The Yardbirds and later formed the Jeff Beck Group. He also founded the supergroup Beck, Bogert & Appice with Tim Bogert (1944-2021) and Carmine Appice (76).
Over the course of his career, Beck has worked with or shared the stage with numerous other greats, including Cyndi Lauper (69), Luciano Pavarotti (1935-2007) and Chrissie Hynde (71). Most recently, the album '18' was released in 2022 in collaboration with the Hollywood star and musician Johnny Depp (59).
Beck is considered one of the best guitarists ever. He won eight Grammys during his career and was twice inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - with the Yardbirds and as a solo artist. The music magazine 'Rolling Stone' ranks Beck fifth in its list of the 100 best guitarists, behind his colleagues Keith Richards (79), Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970).
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