Jeff Beck dead at 78

By Merlin Alderslade

Legendary guitarist Jeff Beck has died aged 78, it has been confirmed. According to a statement shared across Beck’s social media channels by representatives of his family, his death comes after a short battle with bacterial meningitis.

Beck was widely recognised as one of the single most important guitarists of his generation. He first became known as the lead guitar player for highly influential English blues rockers The Yardbirds, replacing Eric Clapton in the band in 1965 before leaving a year later. He has since fronted The Jeff Beck Group and Beck, Bogert & Appice, but became most prolific as a solo artist, going onto release albums under his own name across the 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s and 10s.

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