Jeff Beck

LONDON - NOVEMBER 11: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) Rolling Stones member Ronnie Wood performs on stage at the final of "UK Music Hall Of Fame", the Channel 4 series looking at popular music from the 1950's to the 1990's, at the Hackney Empire on November 11, 2004 in London. Jamie Theakston has, for the past few weeks, been asking the public to vote on who should enter Channel 4's Hall Of Fame, and the winners are inducted this evening. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Ronnie Wood


Beck was the second of the Yardbirds' three star guitarists,
leading the group's swing into R&B- charged psychedelia
("Shapes of Things," "Over Under Sideways Down") with his speed and
deft manipulation of feedback and sustain. In 1967, Beck formed his
own heavier variation on the Yardbirds — the Jeff Beck Group,
with then-unknown singer Rod Stewart — which added
heavy-metal pow to British blues and became a major role model for
Jimmy Page's Led Zeppelin. But Beck's commercial peak came in the
mid-1970s, with an idiosyncratic style of jazz fusion (whiplash
melodies; artful, roaring distortion; whammy-bar hysterics) that he
still plays today with undiminished class and ferocity, when he
isn't in his garage at home in England working under the hoods of
vintage cars.