Legendary British guitarist Jeff Beck has died at the age of 78

British musician Jeff Beckwhich is considered one of the The greatest guitarists in rock historyHe passed away this Tuesday 78 years oldaccording to what was reported today, Wednesday, by his family.

A multiple-time Grammy Award winner, Beck has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, both for his solo career and as a member of the Yardbirds. “It is with great sadness that we share the news of Jeff Beck’s death. After suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis, he passed away peacefully yesterday,” his family said in a statement. In the same note, his family asked for “privacy” in order to “address this terrible loss.”

Regarded by professional publications and other musicians as one of the greatest virtuosos to ever play the guitar, Beck emerged as a great innovator with both the Yardbirds, a group he replaced Eric Clapton in 1965 at Jimmy Page’s suggestion, and fronted Jeff Beck’s group.

was one of Pioneers in fusing jazz with rockHe experimented with distortions he had never experienced before and performed with countless interpreters.

One of his most famous performances was when he appeared on stage last May with actor Johnny Depp in Sheffield (England) after the end of the media libel trial that pitted him against his ex-wife, Amber Heard.

Born in 1944 in Wallington, South London, Beck developed his musical skills from an early age, first in a church choir and then as a guitarist. As a member of the Yardbirds he participated in the group’s golden age, though only for 20 months, by He launched his solo career with his first album, Al-Haqiqa, in 1968.

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In the seventies he became involved in the fusion between jazz and rock, in collaboration with John McLaughlin, although in the next decade he greatly reduced his activity, only to return in the nineties thanks to collaborations with John Bon Jovi or Kate Bush.

In recent years his recording output has been very limited, but his personality as a guitar guru has made many young artists, such as Joss Stone, look to him for their projects. The first reactions to his death were not long in coming, as was the reaction of Kiss member Gene Simmons, who mentioned it Nobody plays guitar like Jeff..

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