Ritchie Blackmore Recalls Meeting Jeff Beck for the First Time: ‘I Couldn’t Believe How Incredible He Was’

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Jeff Beck passed away at the age of on January 10, 2023, and it was shocking news to come out at the very start of 2023. He was very much celebrated as a guitarist and played in bands like the Yardbirds, and later made his own band, Jeff Beck Group. He was known for being innovative and was heavily influenced by the sound of blues, rhythm, and rock.

Many rockstars paid homage to the late guitar legend, and Ritchie Blackmore was one of them. The sudden passing of one of rock’s greatest innovators and most talented guitarists, Jeff Beck, is still being mourned by the rock world. Jeff’s family shared the statement which stated,

“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.”

Ritchie was one of the first people who paid tribute to the guitarist. He released the following on his Facebook profile on January 12 (Thursday). He wrote,

“First met Jeff Beck around 64-65 and it was a session where we were both playing guitars and Jimmy Page was producing. I couldn’t believe how incredible he was, not only with his technique but his sound too. I became a fan of his ever since. He could reach up into the stars and make magic with his playing. His choice of notes were always absolutely perfect.”

“This whole thing is a shock. We shall always remember Jeff as the best rock and roll player.”

Beck replaced Eric Clapton in the Yardbirds in 1965 and became a major centric force in the band. He was one of the greatest electric guitarists to ever live. His own band, the Jeff Beck Group was also a major career time for him. Beck is also a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, one with the Yardbirds and the other as a solo artist.

Other important names in the rock world have also paid homage to the iconic guitarist. Jimmy Page was one of them.

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