24 June 1944, Wallington, Surrey, England. As a former choirboy, the young Beck was interested in music from an early age, becoming a competent pianist and guitarist by the age of 11. His first main band was the Tridents, who made a name for themselves locally. After leaving that band, Beck took on the seemingly impossible task of filling the shoes of Eric Clapton, who had recently departed from 60s R&B pioneers the Yardbirds. Clapton had established a fiercely loyal following, but Beck quickly impressed audiences with his amazing guitar pyrotechnics, utilizing feedback and distortion. Beck stayed with the Yardbirds, adding colour and excitement to all their hits, until October 1966. The tension between Beck and joint lead guitarist Jimmy Page was finally resolved during a US tour, when Beck walked out and never returned. His solo career was launched in March 1967 with an unexpected pop single, Hi-Ho Silver Lining, wherein his unremarkable voice was...
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