Another devastating loss for rockers everywhere – Jeff Beck, one of the most skilled, admired and influential guitarists in rock history, died on Tuesday of bacterial meningitis in a hospital near his home at Riverhall, a rural estate in southern England. He was 78.

In high school, I had two of his albums on 8-track – they were part of my teenage soundtrack:

Blow by Blow:


“Jeff Beck is the best guitar player on the planet,” Joe Perry, the lead guitarist of Aerosmith, told The New York Times in 2010. “He is head, hands and feet above all the rest of us, with the kind of talent that appears only once every generation or two.”

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