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Jeff Beck

English rock guitarist Jeff Beck jumpstarted his career in 1965 as a member of the Yardbirds, but he soon branched out on his own. Throughout the late ’60s and early ’70s, the Jeff Beck Group included everyone from Rod Stewart to future Rolling Stone Ron Wood and spawned the short-lived power trio Beck, Bogert & Appice (with bassist Tim Bogert and drummer Carmine Appice, both former members of Vanilla Fudge and Cactus).

By the mid-’70s, Beck was back to being a solo artist, but he continued to collaborate with the likes of George Harrison on 1975’s Blow By Blow and Stewart on 1985’s Grammy-winner Flash. He kept a steady recording pace well into the ’90s and ’00s, including 2010’s double Grammy-winning Emotion & Commotion and the following year’s Rock & Roll Party.

Along the way, Beck switched effortlessly between blues rock, hard rock, jazz fusion and electronica, while working with A-listers Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Roger Waters, Brian Wilson and Jon Bon Jovi. This two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is also ranked fifth on Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”

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