Jeff Beck: British guitar legend dies aged 78

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Jeff Beck, one of the most influential rock guitarists of all time, has died at the age of 78.

The British guitarist came to recognition as member of the Yardbirds, when he succeeded Eric Clapton, before founding the Jeff Beck group with Rod Stewart.

Heavy metal, jazz-rock, and even punk were all affected by the way he transformed guitar music in the 1960s with his tone, presence, and—most importantly—volume.

Beck’s death was confirmed on his official Twitter page.

“On behalf of his family, it is with deep and profound sadness that we share the news of Jeff Beck’s passing,” the statement said.

“After suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis, he peacefully passed away yesterday. His family ask for privacy while they process this tremendous loss.”

Speaking when he was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the second time in 2009, Beck – said: “I play the way I do because it allows me to come up with the sickest sounds possible.”

“That’s the point now, isn’t it? I don’t care about the rules.

“In fact, if I don’t break the rules at least 10 times in every song, then I’m not doing my job properly.

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