Jeff Beck was born in Wallington, England, on June 24, 1944. Beck rose to prominence as the guitarist for The Yardbirds. He went on to record two incarnations of The Jeff Beck Group. Beck formed The Jeff Beck Group, featuring Rod Stewart on vocals and Ron Wood on bass. The group produced two albums. Beck recorded his most commercially successful albums in the mid-70’s. The first was Blow by Blow released in 1975 which showcased Beck’s technical skill and ability to write and play jazz-rock. His follow-up record, Wired, was released in 1976 both produced by George Martin. The Yardbirds were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. Beck was inducted as a solo artist in 2009.
“…The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is admired for his virtuosity and his versatility. What other guitarist would go from “Over the Rainbow” to Jimi Hendrix, from Sly and the Family Stone to “Nessun Dorma,” as Beck and his band did Sunday night at the sold-out State Theatre in Minneapolis? For 95 minutes, the 66-year-old British veteran treated the faithful to eloquent melodies, startling speed and articulate expressions.” by Star Tribune Jon Brean