Jeff Beck died Tuesday 10th January in hospital following a battle with meningitis.
He shot to fame in the 1960s with The Yardbirds playing alongside a young Jimmy Page, later of Led Zeppelin, and played on their hits before carving out a career of his own.
Considered one of the most influential guitarists of his generation, Beck’s solos earned him the moniker “the guitarist’s guitarist”.
You will probably know him best for “Hi Ho Silver Lining”. Listen to this great live version from 2003 on Jools Holland.
He was asked to join the Rolling Stones after Brian Jones died and had Rod Stewart in his band The Jeff Beck Group for a while.
My favourite album is from 1975 which he recorded with George Martin called “Blow By Blow”. Beck said of Martin, “To work with someone of that caliber … he gave me a career. I couldn’t wait to get to the studio every day.”