Sunday, April 21, 2024

RIP Shocker Famed Guitarist Jeff Beck Dead at 78 from Bacterial Meningitis, Recently On Tour with Johnny Depp for New Album


Legendary rock guitarist Jeff Beck has died at age 78. The music world is bereft. Beck was a genius player, incredibly popular and successful on his own and with groups. He was a lontime collaborator with Rod Stewart. Recently, Beck had been on tour with Johnny Depp for an album they made together.

He won eight Grammy Awards for his magnificent talent and had another eight nominations.

Beck’s family posted this to Twitter: ‘On behalf of his family, it is with deep and profound sadness that we share the news of Jeff Beck’s passing. After suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis, he peacefully passed away yesterday. His family ask for privacy while they process this tremendous loss.”

His death is indeed a tremendous loss. He first became popular with the Yardbirds, had his own Jeff Beck Group, and then was part of Beck, Bogert & Appice. Then he went out on his own as an axe man extraordinaire. There are dozens of albums, recordings, guest star roles on albums. His fans each have favorites but mine was always his rendition of “People Get Ready.” with Rod.

This is really, really sad. Condolences to his family, friends, and legions of fans.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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