British guitarist Jeff Beck has died at the age of 78. According to his family, the musician contracted meningitis and died “peacefully” on Tuesday.
Beck became known in the 1960s with the band The Yardbirds. That group was also at the birthplace of the musical careers of Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. The guitarist then went on to form the group Jeff Beck, Beck, Bogert & Appice, before continuing to play solo under his own name.
He has released a total of eighteen studio albums – both solo and with bands. The guitarist made his last record with actor Johnny Depp. The two also toured last year. The actor and musician were good friends. According to insiders, Depp was with Beck before he died.
Beck achieved less commercial success than other guitar heroes of his generation, but he is still considered one of the best guitarists. The leading music magazine Rolling Stone Beck finished fifth on the list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists. The guitarist has won six Grammy Awards and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice.
Many celebrities have reacted to the guitarist’s death. Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger wrote on Twitter: “With the death of Jeff Beck, we have lost an amazing man and one of the greatest guitarists in the world. He will be greatly missed.”
According to singer Rod Stewart, Beck was “from another planet”. He also thought back to their performance together. “He was one of the few guitarists who actually listened to me when I sang and I responded to him while playing live.”
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