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Jeff Beck (born June 24, 1944 in Wallington, Surrey,
England) is a rock guitarist who played in several influential bands
in the 1960s and 1970s. He has maintained a sporadic solo career over
the last 25 years and contributed to many other musicians' work.
Despite never attaining the commercial visibility that some of his contemporaries did, Jeff Beck has gained widespread critical acclaim, especially in the guitar playing community. Not to be tied to one particular genre, he has experimented with blues rock, heavy metal, and jazz fusion. Most recently, Jeff Beck has absorbed the influence of techno, creating a groundbreaking blend of heavy guitar rock and electronica.
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Jeff Beck began his career working as a session guitarist. In 1965, following a gig with the Tridents, Jeff Beck was recruited to join The Yardbirds (after Eric Clapton had left the group for John Mayall's Bluesbreakers). It was during his tenure with The Yardbirds that they recorded most of their hits. Jeff Beck became known for smashing his guitar on stage, as seen in the 1966 film Blowup. In 1966, he shared the dual-lead guitar role with Jimmy Page. Jeff Beck's time with The Yardbirds was short, having recorded only one full album with them, Roger the Engineer (1966), before leaving.
Jeff Beck was one of the first electric guitarists in the 1960s to experiment with electronic distortion (most notably in The Yardbirds' 1966 album, Roger the Engineer) and helped to redefine the sound and role of the electric guitar in rock music. Jeff Beck's work with The Yardbirds, and The Jeff Beck Group's 1968 album Truth, were seminal influences on heavy metal music which emerged in full force in the early 1970s.
In the past few years, Jeff Beck has performed on Les Paul and Cyndi Lauper's new albums, and played guitar on Roger Waters' album Amused to Death. Jeff Beck also is featured on one track on Queen guitarist Brian May's last solo album, Another World. He also appears on ZZ Top's album XXX. Jeff Beck continues to perform shows on a regular basis, including opening for B.B. King in the summer of 2003.