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Jeff Beck


1944

uitarist Jeff Beck is born in Wallington, Surrey, England.

1964

Jeff Beck forms the Tridents after stints playing guitar for Screaming Lord Sutch and the Nightshifts.

1965

Guitarist Jeff Beck replaces Eric Clapton in the Yardbirds.

1965

“Heart Full of Soul,” the first Yardbirds single to feature new guitarist Jeff Beck, is released. It reaches #9 in the U.S. and #2 in the U.K.

1966

Jeff Beck’s debut solo single, “Hi Ho Silver Lining,” is released. It reaches #14 on the British charts. It is reissued in 1972 and 1982, reaching #17 and #82, respectively.

1966

“Happenings Ten Years Time Ago,” the final Yardbirds single to feature guitarist Jeff Beck, is released. It reaches #30 in the U.S. and #43 in the U.K.

1968

June 1967: The Jeff Beck Group makes its American debut at New York’s Fillmore East.

1968

July 1968: Truth, the first album by the Jeff Beck Group – which includes singer Rod Stewart – is released. It will reach #15 in America and not chart at all in Britain.

1969

Beck-Ola, the second and final album by the original lineup of the Jeff Beck Group, is released. It will reach #15 in America and #39 in Britain.

1971

Rough and Ready, which introduces a new lineup of the Jeff Beck Group, is released. It reaches #46 in America.

1972

Rough and Ready, which introduces a new lineup of the Jeff Beck Group, is released. It reaches #46 in America.

1973

A self-titled album by the short-lived power trio of Jeff Beck, Tim Bogert and Carmine Appice is released. It reaches #12 on Billboard’s album chart.

1975

Blow by Blow, by Jeff Beck, is released. This all-instrumental rock-jazz masterpiece will become Beck’s biggest album, reaching #4 on Billboard’s album chart and selling 2 million copies.

1976

Jeff Beck releases Wired, his second album with producer George Martin. It reaches #16 on Billboard’s album chart

1980

There and Beck, by Jeff Beck, is released. It is his first studio recording in four years.

1981

Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton share a stage for one of a handful of times in their lives at the Secret Policemen’s Other Ball, a benefit concert for Amnesty International in London.

1985

“People Get Ready,” by Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart, enters the Billboard singles chart, where it will peak at #48. It is taken from Beck’s new album, Flash.

1986

Jeff Beck’s Blow by Blow and Wired albums are certified platinum (1 million copies sold) by the RIAA.

1988

Jeff Beck is Les Paul’s presenter as Paul is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “He’s given me 33 years of inspiration and good vibes,” said Beck.

1990

Jeff Beck’s Guitar Shop – released the previous year and credited to Jeff Beck with Tony Hymas and Terry Bozzio - wins Best Rock Instrumental Album at the 32nd annual Grammy Awards.

1991

Beckology, a three-disc box set surveying guitarist Jeff Beck’s career, is released.

1992

Jeff Beck is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the first time as a member of the Yardbirds.

1993

razy Legs, credited to Jeff Beck and the Big Town Playboys, is released. It is a tribute to one of his biggest influences, rockabilly guitarist Cliff Gallup of Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps.

1999

Jeff Beck is Rod Stewart’s presenter as Stewart is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “We have a love-hate relationship,” quips Beck. “He loves me, and I hate him.”

1999

Jeff Beck releases Who Else!, his first new album of original music in a decade.

2003

The suddenly prolific Jeff Beck releases Jeff. It is his third album in four years, following 1999’s Who Else! and 2001’s You Had It Coming.

2006

The Jeff Beck compilation Best of Beck is released on Epic/Legacy Records.

2008

Jeff Beck releases a live album, Performing This Week...Live at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. A DVD of the show follows in March 2009.

2009

Jeff Beck is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the 24th annual dinner. Jimmy Page is his presenter.

Jeff Beck