Jeff Beck

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 2009

Inducted by: Jimmy Page

Nominated in: 2009

First Eligible: 1993 Ceremony

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 2009 (ranked #279) .

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what no JEFF BECK !!! YOU guys need a serious reality check.
he could pass gas better then half the people already in there could play.

Posted by mike on Tuesday, 07.18.06 @ 22:58pm

This thing is REALLY REALLY UNBELIEVABLE, a guy widely considered to be amongst the top 6 or 7 greatest guitar players EVER is still NOT in after 14 years of eliability.

Posted by bill tilson on Saturday, 07.22.06 @ 07:26am

oh P.S. I see i forgot to mention he's already a FIVE TIME GRAMMY WINNER.
I'd be willing to bet EVERYTHING I own that at least 15 people on your current list would willingly admit "I AM NOT IN Jeff's League"

Posted by mike macken on Saturday, 07.22.06 @ 07:33am

I think he should definitly be put in as a solo artist, but it should be pointed out that he is already in with The Yardbirds.

Posted by AZ Dave on Friday, 08.18.06 @ 22:34pm

He was, but so was Jimmy Page and Clapton, if I'm not mistaken.

Not only has Page also been put in as Led Zeppelin, but Clapton has been inducted through Cream as well as solo (which is ridiculous to me, being inducted for his solo work). If they don't put Jeff in for his solo work, at least induct the Jeff Beck Group. This guy invented hard rock.

Posted by steve on Thursday, 09.21.06 @ 15:29pm

Hey didn't he play with donald fagen and walter becker for a bit. Pretty versatile

Posted by kevin on Saturday, 02.17.07 @ 06:08am

I was there graduating from high school in '69. Only Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jim Hendrix are in the same stratospheric (stratocasteric) league as Jeff. No one has the color, phrasing and melody as Jeff except perhaps David Gilmour but without the flash, innovation, raw power and speed. He defined rock guitar except for the anomaly that was Jimi. He continues to play as wild and crazy as can be on one cut and a celtic flute melody on another. Clapton never could touch him and his Truth, Beck Ola, Blow by Blow and Wired albums are treatises for guitar. He is long long overdue.

Posted by Jerry Robertson on Monday, 02.19.07 @ 18:25pm

Umm..ok...Elvis Presleys quitar player was inducted and JEFF BECK, AND RICHIE BLACKMORE ARE NOT!

Posted by Dw on Thursday, 05.10.07 @ 08:14am

The best rock guitarist ever. Ask almost any famous rock guitar player, and they all admit Beck is the man. Carlos Santana has even come out and said it.

Posted by Dezmond on Tuesday, 06.12.07 @ 15:46pm

"The best rock guitarist ever. Ask almost any famous rock guitar player.."

That's what I always thought - so why, why, why has he not been even on a ballot for 15 years?!!
Seriously - wtf? And why does this site only gives him a 40% chance?

Posted by shawn mc on Tuesday, 06.12.07 @ 20:04pm

I think Jeff Beck's lack of recognition is a combination of factors. First, some of it is Jeff's "fault", in that he has had a far from consistent career. I've heard that he is notoriously difficult to work with, which is why he has never kept a consistent band together for any real length of time. Also, he does not seem to care too much about maintaining career momentum. He will take 5-10 years off in between albums sometimes. Evidently his first love his restoring old cars, and then music comes after that. Of course, this reclusive personality just makes him cooler.

Secondly, he is not much of a songwriter, so he depends on others for the bulk of the songwriting, and then he uses that as a canvas on which to lay his amazing guitar playing.

Third, much of his best work is instrumental. And no matter how good it is, instrumental albums generally do not have the same commercial impact as songs with vocals.

Finally, he is very much a musician's musician. When asked, I've seen so many great musicians say that Beck is the best, or one of the best, guitarists ever. But the masses my and large do not really listen to him very much. A lot of his material is not the most accessible, so it takes a little time to delve into his music and really understand the greatness. But if you play the guitar, you especially understand that what he does is often mindblowing. It is not obvious, flashy, speed demon stuff (although he can play very fast when he feels like it), it is more his overall control of the instrument and how he gets these otherworldly sounds out of it without using a lot of effects or tricks.

Also, lots of his records are not very consistent. Almost every one of his albums has quite a bit of filler, so you've got to filter through that to get to the brilliant stuff that is there. Not all, BLOW BY BLOW is pretty much brilliant from start to finish, TRUTH is close, and actually some of his most recent stuff like WHO ELSE! and YOU HAD IT COMING are really consistent and rock all the way through. GUITAR SHOP is also great, but that one takes some time to digest.

Anyway, I think that all of those reasons conspire against his induction, but I still think he has a good chance of eventually getting in. Even if they don't listen to him, most critics understand that he is one of the most brilliant guitarists of all time. As far as influencing the music, no question. The guy has influenced a great many famous guitar players and how they think about the instrument. Innovation? Shit. Nobody makes the guitar sound like he makes it sound. He is already in with The Yardbirds, and is also responsible for some of the most hilarious induction speech moments. (Like when he pretended to not be happy to be on the stage with his fellow Yardbirds because "they kicked me out of the band, so f**k you!" He was joking, of course, and it got a big laugh. Also, when he gave the speech inducting Rod Stewart, he was hilarious. "He likes me a lot more than I like him, but...") So, they know he'd be fun at the ceremony.

So, I still hold out hope that they will induct Beck in as a solo artist as well.

Posted by Dezmond on Wednesday, 06.13.07 @ 08:29am

By the way Dezmond, that was an excellent pacage of insight you gave on my Jeff Beck question 2 weeks ago - forgot to thank you for answering back so generously; more info than I even hoped for - well done, brother.

Posted by shawn mc on Tuesday, 06.26.07 @ 15:46pm

Thanks. I always try and spread the word on Jeff Beck, because I think he is criminally overlooked by the masses.

Posted by Dezmond on Wednesday, 06.27.07 @ 08:00am


I agree with you everywhere except for his consistency in albums. "Truth", "Beck-Ola", "Blow by Blow", and "Wired" have no filler. They are excellent from start to finish. That's the only thing I feel you were off on.

Posted by steve on Saturday, 09.1.07 @ 13:00pm

How can they call themselves the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and not have Jeff Beck in there? What is this about?

Posted by nacho on Thursday, 11.29.07 @ 13:21pm

Hey Dez - I seethat the Hall is inducting a sideman this year; do you think that is finally Beck?
If it were, is that an insult to the guy to not be important enough of a solo artist to get a nod that way?

Between Billy Preston and Beck, who shiould get in as a sideman first (if that were his label)?

Posted by senor taco on Monday, 12.10.07 @ 14:04pm

"When he's on, Beck is probably the best there is." - Jimmy Page

Posted by zepfan on Saturday, 01.5.08 @ 15:56pm

Posted by Dezmond on Wednesday, 06.13.07 @ 08:29am

Well thought out and translated

Posted by zepfan on Saturday, 01.5.08 @ 16:01pm

Jeff Beck is my pal and my hero, and NO ONE can touch him on the guitar, he won that race before most you were born. So just as his guitar (INDUCT JEFF BECT NOW! )playing is xtc to the ear, his words of truth, from the heart of the Artist, ever committed to keep the music "the art" alive, in this money grubbing industry came shinning through loud and clear ( with a dash of humor! he is so damn funny!)with his 1992 speech " People say I'm suppose to be happy to get this, ( scratching his head a bit) but I'm not( Jeff, your honesty is so refreshing, you got guts )because I know this isn't really about the music. I mean I did a couple of other things after the yardbirds."
(the only top ten selling music of Jeff's was in the Yardbirds)Yes,create new music, don't formulate crap .Jeff Beck is really far to incredible in his musical talent to be waisted on the instant ear snore, commercial radio.
He is however, he is played on radio with programing that has taste and an educated ear.

Posted by karen on Saturday, 01.12.08 @ 02:53am

If anyone is deserving of entry into the rock-n-roll hall of fame it is JEFF BECK !!! No he's not a lead singer, nor is he a stupendous songwriter, he is just the BEST guitarist of our generation !!!! Go out there, speak to the people in the know, Clapton,Page,Buddy Guy,Ronnie Wood,Richards,Leslie West,Joe Walsh,and list could be endless and you'll hear only accolades for Jeff. Go see him live and experience an audience of people whose jaws literally drop as jeff plays pickless and astounds the crowd both young and old. Yes jeff disappeared from the public view for a time as stardom was not his goal in life. But there is no one who can match his ability to bring the guitar alive and create the tones that truly amaze like Jeff.

Posted by Joel on Saturday, 01.12.08 @ 08:25am

"Hello Jeff" from Stanley Clarke's 1975 disc "Journey to Love" is a classic Thunder-N-Lightning... Lead and Bass guitar tour de force featuring Jeff Beck and Clarke that most of Jeff's fans don't know about. That's too bad. Because it's probably one of the best displays of Guitar virtuosity ever recorded.

Posted by Joe-Skee on Saturday, 01.12.08 @ 11:10am

Jimmy Page said when Jeff Beck is on nobodys better

Posted by zepfan on Saturday, 01.12.08 @ 14:53pm

I could say a little or a lot about Jeff Beck and what it is that he means to rock music. However, what he's done will all types of music takes the mind and soul of a true artist. Here is a man who can make a guitar talk, cry, laugh and say anything in any genre of music. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in my humble opinion, may not be good enough since he is deserving of a museum devoted to the body of work he's done. There's everyoone else and then there's Jeff.

Posted by longtimejeff_fan on Saturday, 01.12.08 @ 20:29pm

One of the greatest inovaters of our time. I think that about covers it.

Posted by Jeff on Sunday, 01.13.08 @ 16:26pm

Firts was Bach....then came Beethoven....and now we have Beck

Posted by dan on Monday, 01.14.08 @ 00:32am

It is amazing to me that Jeff Beck is not in the HOF. He is not just a little, he is miles beyond any other rock guitar player. His solo albums are fantastic. The stuff he did with the first Jeff Beck Group with Rod Stewart was at start of heavy rock, everyone knows that Led Zeppelin modelled some of their work after it. He was the main guitarist in the Yardbirds who are in (Clapton was at the start and left before most of their great work, Page was at the end and didn't do much of importance with them). I have to wonder about the criteria used by the HOF.

Posted by Joe B on Monday, 01.14.08 @ 09:28am

"It is amazing to me that Jeff Beck is not in the HOF. He is not just a little, he is miles beyond any other rock guitar player."-Joe B

I don't know thet I'd quite go as far as to say he's "miles above" the others, but he is and has been a true innovator and in my mind most deserving of being called "one of the best"...who knows who the best actually is!! The HoF doesn't seem to be much into solo instrumentals, though...not exactly sure what they're interested in!!

Posted by Terry on Saturday, 03.15.08 @ 10:24am

Blood, Sweat & Tears was fired by the same questionable impulse to fuse rock and jazz that comprised Miles Davis and nearly killed off Jeff Beck.

—Rolling Stone

"Blood, Sweat and Tears is embarrassing to me. They try to be so hip, they're not ... I know what they try to do: they try to get Basie's sound with knowledge."

—Miles Davis

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 07.26.08 @ 19:50pm

The RRHOF is about one thing and it isn't MUSIC,
it's $$$$. Who brought in the biggest bucks for the Business. Proof, the "maggot" madonna, the
talentless" got in last year. But the artist, the
five star diamond, the greatest guitar player ever, Jeff Beck ( himself) over looked.
WE KNOW WHAT IT'S ABOUT.At least we KNOW WHO Deverses to have the honors, and Jeff Beck does.
To the team who votes for this, why not show you
have taste, and intelligence for a change, ART is more important then money, after all ART was here before MONEY, and it's still here.

Posted by summers on Wednesday, 09.10.08 @ 01:22am

Jeff Beck should be inducted without a doubt

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 09.21.08 @ 16:47pm

Jeff Beck is the greatest living guitarist. He's revered by Les Paul, Clapton, Page, Gilmour, May, Satriani, Vai, Scholz, Iommi and Slash. He's a reclusive Brit who spends time at his estate to fix hot rods, to take care of numerous pets, to landscape and to chow on vegetarian meals with his woman.

Posted by Brien Comerford on Tuesday, 09.23.08 @ 08:43am

what the heck are the nominators/voters thinking? How can I cast a vote?

Posted by TimO on Tuesday, 09.23.08 @ 14:51pm

using the assumption that Beck is inducted; who gives the speech?

I am hoping for Clapton and Page to do it together and then when Beck is introduced, they both drop to their knees in Wayne and Garth fashion and scream that they are not worthy.

Posted by blah-blah-blah on Wednesday, 09.24.08 @ 11:41am

"using the assumption that Beck is inducted; who gives the speech?"
Posted by blah-blah-blah on Wednesday, 09.24.08 @ 11:41am

How great would it be if one of Beck's major influences such as Cliff Gallup (Gene Vincent's guitarist who I believe has passed)was able to do the honors.
Jeff would surley be HONORED.
Love Jeff Beck.

Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 09.24.08 @ 11:46am

OK Lynn - now I am falling in love with you.

Posted by blah-blah-blah on Wednesday, 09.24.08 @ 12:33pm

"OK Lynn - now I am falling in love with you."
Posted by blah-blah-blah on Wednesday, 09.24.08 @ 12:33pm

Hehe I even went to my cd collection to make sure I spelled Cliff Gallup's name correctly.
I had bought the Crazy Legs tribute Jeff did for Gene Vincent/Cliff Gallup.
I own most of the Jeff Beck catalog.

His influence is OVERWHELMING.

Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 09.24.08 @ 12:40pm

Well, having read everyone's comments, I guess there is nothing left to be said. I have mentioned on other threads that having watched Beck literally make Clapton and Page look silly during the Ronnie Lane ARMS tour, that I witnessed true greatness. F*ck, that boy can play. The you tube video of Beck and SRV is priceless. I mean, even when playing second fiddle like he did on that song, you saw the magic in his playing.

Posted by Dameon on Friday, 09.26.08 @ 19:04pm

Anyone catch Beck's dynamite appearnce at Clapton's Crossroads Festival?
If not he has a killer trio Vinnie Colaiuta on drums,and this 21 yr. old chick Tal Wilkenfeld who reminds me of Jaco Pastorius.
It was weird seeing her walk out with Beck getting ready to perform.
I thought who the hell is this girl?
Then once things got underway...
They took the roof off the place.
I prefer Beck with a bassist as oppossed to just keyboards.

Posted by Gary James CA on Friday, 09.26.08 @ 19:16pm

Dameon...are you talking about when he and SRV would encore with "Goin' Down"? They played McNichols Arena in Denver in '89, and when they did that, there was no quarter given on either part...just amazing!!! Is that video on YouTube???

Posted by Gitarzan on Friday, 09.26.08 @ 19:20pm

It is Gitarzan.

And Gary - welcome! Good conversation.

Posted by Dameon on Friday, 09.26.08 @ 19:44pm

Jeff Beck | "One of the most influential guitarists in rock and roll, Jeff Beck, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, as a member of the Yardbirds. After his 18-month stint (1965-66) in that band, he formed the first edition of the Jeff Beck Group (1968-69, with Rod Stewart and Ron Wood). In the four decades since, Beck’s work has encompassed deep explorations into instrumental jazz fusion, blues, a tribute to Gene Vincent, and much more, always underpinned by his hard-rock roots."
Current Induction Chances: 63%

So Jeff Beck's Rock Hall biography will mention that he played Jazz Fusion. It's okay for Miles Davis and Jeff Beck to play Jazz Fusion and get inducted into the Rock Hall, but it's not okay for Chicago and Blood, Sweat & Tears.

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 09.28.08 @ 05:15am

If Jeff Beck is rightfully inducted into the Rock Hall Of Fame don't be suprised if Chrissie Hynde introduces him. Clapton is a good possibility too.

Posted by Brien Comerford on Monday, 09.29.08 @ 20:40pm

If Jeff isn't inducted in 2009 then, well, you don't wanna know what I'll do

Posted by Qwestchonerr on Monday, 10.13.08 @ 13:26pm

The music video for Jeff Beck's Ambitious

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 10.23.08 @ 07:47am

Blow By Blow was this guy's best album;haven't seen any good ones since,though.

Posted by king floyd on Wednesday, 11.26.08 @ 19:14pm

he should not get in, he didn't even make a hit, even just ONE HIT.

Posted by akatsuki on Tuesday, 12.30.08 @ 01:22am

Jeff Beck's YES percentage is going down. I just helped it out. Probably because people are freaking out at hte bad economy and are saying "I can't afford to use a computer".

Posted by Mike on Sunday, 01.11.09 @ 13:19pm

He's in.

Posted by Keebord on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 12:17pm

YES, Jeff Beck IS being inducted, well they voting committee finally woke up...
They just heard him play, NO QUESTION.

Posted by KAS on Wednesday, 01.14.09 @ 23:04pm


Posted by Mike on Friday, 01.30.09 @ 18:20pm

They finally got one Correct, with Jeff Beck.

Posted by Bob on Wednesday, 02.4.09 @ 08:16am

Good idea of having his former band mate Jimmy induct him.

Posted by Mike on Thursday, 02.12.09 @ 18:15pm

It's too bad when the "under thirties" hear the name "Beck," they usually think of that muscial wannabe who shares and besmirches Jeff's last name. I suppose THAT Beck will be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility--you know, Mr. Postmodern Chic. I've heard his music--what a bunch of nonsense!

Posted by thom on Thursday, 02.26.09 @ 19:13pm

Wasn't he in 'This Is Spinal Tap'?

Posted by S.R on Friday, 03.6.09 @ 17:18pm

Wasn't he in 'This Is Spinal Tap'?

Posted by S.R on Friday, 03.6.09 @ 17:18pm

After last nights performances, is there anyone else who cannot realize why Jeff Beck's guitar playing earned him a solo spot in the Hall? He just intimidates every other guitar hero that has ever picked up the instrument.

Posted by Dameon on Sunday, 04.5.09 @ 13:40pm

Does anyone else know that Jeff Beck actually does have a credit on a Spinal Tap album? I'm not kidding.

Posted by Dude Man on Sunday, 07.26.09 @ 22:46pm

How deserving was he? He was in a band with Rod Stewart AND Ronnie Wood, yet was still able to get away with calling his band the Jeff Beck Group after himself.

Posted by Chris on Monday, 12.28.09 @ 18:46pm

Chris...don't leave out the "small tidbit" that he's one of the best players to ever pick up the instrument...that might have had a little to do with his induction, too...

Posted by Gitarzan on Monday, 12.28.09 @ 19:04pm

Besides which, at that time, Rod Stewart was still an up-and-comer... nowhere near the name he is now.

Posted by Philip on Monday, 12.28.09 @ 20:05pm

I can't believe some of the utter nonsens that gets posted on here !


When Rod Stewart & Ronnie Wood joined Jeff Beck in 1967 thety were virtual UNKNOWNS - Stewart had sung along with Long John Baldry & Elton John in a few Blues outfits...but was NOT a "Name" figure in the public eye in UK or USA at all !

Jeff Beck had done the seemingly impossible...he followed Eric Clapton in The Yardbirds in 1965 and took them on to a different level....unlike the "Most Blueswailing" band he joined....beck took them into a Heavier Rock idiom...his guitarwork on their 1966 album "Yardbirds" alone should get him inducted into ANY HALL of FAME !

Listen to "Shapes of Things" (1966 - later covered by David Bowie on "Pin ups")....and "Over under Sideways Down" (1966)....

His guitar (and singing too) on "The Nazz Are Blue" - influenced Todd Rungren to call his band The Nazz !

Beck's guitarwork and "electrickery" in The Yardbirds was then unique - "I Ain't Done Wrong", "Rack My Mind", "Evil Hearted you","What Do You Want","Steeled Blues", "Jeff's Blues", & "Lost Women" (faithfully covered by Joe Walsh & The James Gang) etc....

His "Sitar like" guitar on "Heart Full of Soul" (1965) was ground breaking....

After a brief but EXPLOSIVE partnership with Jimmy Page ("Happenings Ten Years Time Ago" - Blistering Heavy Rock, anticipating led 1966, "Psycho Daises" & "Stroll On")

....Beck put together....FIRST a "Supergroup" of himself (guitar), Page (Backup guitar), John Paul Jones( Bass),Nicky Hopkins (piano) & Keith Moon (Drums) for "Beck's Bolero" (1967),

....and then formed THE JEFF BECK GROUP....with then unknown Rod Stewart (vocals), Ronnie Wood (Bass)- both owe their rise to fame to Beck - Micky waller (Drums)....later adding Nicky Hopkins on piano/organ (Beck's band being the ONLY Band the Legendary sessionman was ever "officially" in) ...& Drummer Tony Newman...

"Truth" (1967) was one of the MOST Influential Rock/Blues albums of 1967 or ever...Beck's cover of "You Shook Me" would also be cut in similar vein by Page & Led Zeppelin in 1969 !

Beck went on to cut some superb albums...."Beck Ola" (with Rod & Ronnie & co) in 1969 - "Blow By Blow", "Wired", even teaming up for "Beck, Bogart & Appice" in 1973 and some fine albums therafter...

Jeff Beck's influence on SO MANY Rock guitarists is immense....maybe he's been a moody figure & has never been as fashionable a figure as a Hendrix, Clapton, Page etc...but EACH of them rated Jeff Beck VERY Highly as a fellow guitarist !

For his work in The Yardbirds (1965 to 19660 and his various "Jeff Beck Groups" his magic guitar style....anyone who has ever used Jazz style improvisation in Rock guitar...or applued a STORMING sound...and gentle subtle touch...owes something to Jeff Beck

When you hear Tony Iommi play "Laguna Sunrise" for Black Sabbath....remember Jeff Beck's gentle "Greensleeves" in 1967...

Beck made his guitar "Talk" on "Morning Dew" in 1967...!

Posted by John on Tuesday, 12.29.09 @ 11:00am

Saw him almost 2 wks ago in St. Louis when he opened for ZZ Top. I didn't really think much of him though I knew he's been around the block many times since the 1960s. And I knew he was a guitar hero (still is!). Well, I must say after finally seeing him live, he still makes people happy with his awesome guitar playing. He is probably one of the very few important instrumental-only artists of the rock era. In fact, only him and Duane Eddy are the only two that I can think of that are in the RRHOF. Definitely check him out sometime soon!

Posted by Jason Voigt on Friday, 09.5.14 @ 17:43pm

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