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Guitar Greats: Jeff Beck

Is there anything Jeff Beck can't do?  Allow us to help you with this one:  The answer you're looking for is "no."

From his work with The Yardbirds to The Jeff Beck Group to his solo career and all of his collaborations, Beck is the rarity that can exist both on his own and as a hired gun given his incredible technique and mastery of the guitar.  He has lent his sound to a number of different artists including Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Jon Bon Jovi and Morrissey.  Somehow, in recent years, he's more active now than he's ever been.  Constantly on the road and creating, it's no surprise Beck just announced a new album to be released in July 2016.

 

Rock band 'The Yardbirds' pose for a portrait in 1965. (L-R) Jeff Beck (holding a Fender Jaguar guitar), Paul Samwell-Smith, Keith Relf, Chris Dreja, Jim McCarty.

 

'The Yardbirds' L to R: Paul Samwell-Smith, Keith Relf, Jim McCarty, Jeff Beck performing at Wembley Studios.

 

Jeff Beck circa 1968.

 

Jeff Beck and Tim Bogert (bass) perform live with The Jeff Beck Group (Beck, Bogert & Appice) in Amsterdam, Holland in September 1972.

 

Jeff Beck performing live onstage, playing Fender Stratocaster guitar in 1975.

 

Jeff Beck plays guitar onstage during a performance at the Granada Theater, Chicago, Illinois, October 19, 1980.

 

Jeff Beck performing at the ARMS benefit concert at the Cow Palace in San Francisco on December 3, 1983.

 

Jeff Beck performing at the Oakland Coliseum on December 3, 1989.

 

Jeff Beck performing at Shoreline Amphitheater. Event held on September 17, 1995 in Mountain View, California.

 

Jeff Beck performing at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, California on August 1, 2003. He plays a Fender Stratocaster guitar.

 

Jeff Beck performing live onstage at the Crossroads Guitar Festival.

 

Jeff Beck performs at the Murat Egyptian Room on June 21, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

 

Guitarist Jeff Beck performs in concert at Cedar Park Center on April 30, 2015 in Cedar Park, Texas.