Guide to British Music of the 1960s

 

Jeff Beck Group

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Lead guitar- Jeff Beck, vocals- Rod Stewart, bass- Ronnie Wood, drums- Aynsley Dunbar

Lead guitarist Jeff Beck was at the heart of the Yardbirds' stunning run of hits in 1965-1966. He left the group in October 1966 and set about creating a new band. He recruited Ronnie Wood on rhythm guitar. He had previously been in the Birds and, briefly, in a band called Santa Barbara Machine Head. Vocalist Rod "Rod the Mod" Stewart joined from Steampacket. At the time the band used various drummers and bass players these included Clem Cattini, Viv Prince and Jet Harris. They settled on Aynsley Dunbar on drums with Wood switching to bass.

Hi Ho Silver Lining was the most successful of the three singes released in 1967. This was unrepresentative of the band, especially as Beck was on lea vocals with Rod Stewart a backing vocalist. The b-side Beck's Bolero was an older track with John-Paul Jones on bass, Keith Moon on drums, Jimmy Page on rhythm guitar and Nicky Hopkins on piano. Unhappy with the band's direction, Dunbar was more of a blues purist and left to be replaced by Micky Waller who had also been in Steampacket. Ronnie Wood took some time out from the group to record a number o tracks with the Creation.

At the beginning of 1968, they became involved with Peter Grant. He arranged US dates for the band supporting the Grateful Dead. They were a major success and the tour was followed by a contract with Epic Records. The first album Truth was recorded in the UK with the band effectively playing their live set in the studio. At the end of 1968, Nicky Hopkins became a more permanent member of the band in time for the third US tour.

A second album Beck-Ola in 1968 was released along with the single Plynth.

By the time of the fourth US tour there were tensions arising within the band. Rod Stewart had recorded his first solo album with Waller and Wood helping out

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