Joe Beck Biography

29 July 1945, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Guitarist Joe Beck moved to New York in 1963 to take up employment in various bands. After working with musicians including Paul Winter, Charles Lloyd, Gary McFarland and Chico Hamilton, he found more permanent employment with Jeremy Steig’s Satyrs in 1968. The Satyrs took him on tour with Eric Clapton and Cream throughout that year. In the meantime, Beck was developing his career as a jingles writer, contributing over 100 sequences for television and radio. However, he found a new calling in 1971, moving from the city to become a dairy farmer, but returned to the music business two years later. As well as recording and performing solo he also found new work on movie soundtracks and television documentaries, also producing and arranging for artists such as Frank Sinatra, Gloria Gaynor, Larry Coryell and Esther Phillips. In his capacity as backing musician for the latter he enjoyed several hits on Kudu Records in the late 70s. As a solo artist he built a strong cult following for his expressive, highly musical jazz funk recordings, without ever breaking out of that musical ghetto.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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