It’s always an odd feeling when someone says ‘post last photo’ with so and so. The world of entertainment is no stranger to such events. Sadly, many performers have departed this world in more recent years, many of those we knew when growing up. David Gilmour recently posted one such photo and he and old friend the late, Jeff Beck.
I am devastated to hear the news of the death of my friend and hero Jeff Beck, whose music has thrilled and inspired me and countless others for so many years.— David Gilmour (@davidgilmour) January 11, 2023
Polly‘s and my thoughts go out to his lovely wife Sandra.
He will be forever in our hearts. pic.twitter.com/369rHU7BCX
As per Yahoo, Jeff Beck has died suddenly.
Jeff Beck was one of the most innovative and influential guitar legends of the 1960s’ British Invasion. He was the No. 5 entry on Rolling Stone’s ranking of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. He died suddenly at age 78.
The shocking news — which comes two months after the eight-time Grammy-winner and two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee wrapped his concert tour with friend Johnny Depp to promote their 2022 collaborative album, 18 — was announced Wednesday by his publicist, Melissa Dragich.
“On behalf of his family, it is with deep and profound sadness that we share the news of Jeff Beck’s passing,” Dragich’s statement read. “After suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis, he peacefully passed away yesterday [Jan. 10]. His family ask for privacy while they process this tremendous loss.”
Geoffrey Arnold Beck was born June 24, 1944, in Wallington, England, and he became fascinated with the electric guitar at age 6 after hearing Les Paul’s “How High the Moon” on the radio. During and after his stint as a student at Wimbledon College of Art, he moonlighted as a guitarist in various groups like the Nightshift, the Rumbles, and the Tridents, becoming immersed in Britain’s blues/R&B scene thanks to the influence of his friend, Rolling Stones associate Ian Stewart. It was in 1965 that another famous friend, Jimmy Page, whom Beck had first met as a teenager, recommended Beck to replace Eric Clapton in the Yardbirds.
We at Britpopnews send our condolences to the Beck family.