The Jeff Beck Group was an English rock band formed in London in January 1967 by former Yardbirds guitarist Jeff Beck. Their innovative approach to heavy sounding blues and R&B was a major influence on popular music.
The first Jeff Beck Group formed in London in early 1967 and included guitarist Jeff Beck, vocalist Rod Stewart, rhythm guitarist Ronnie Wood, with bass players and drummers changing regularly. Early bass players were Jet Harris and Dave Ambrose, with Clem Cattini and Viv Prince trying out on drums. The lineup went through months of personnel changes, notably no less than four drummers before settling on Aynsley Dunbar and switching Ron Wood to bass.
During 1967 the band released three singles in Europe and two in the United States, the first being the most successful. “Hi Ho Silver Lining” reached #14 on the UK singles chart and included the instrumental “Beck’s Bolero” as the B side, which had been recorded several months earlier. The lineup for that session included guitarist Jimmy Page on rhythm guitar, bass player John Paul Jones, drummer Keith Moon (of The Who) and pianist Nicky Hopkins.
Late in 1970 Jeff Beck reformed The Jeff Beck Group with vocalist Alex Ligertwood, keyboardist Max Middleton, drummer Cozy Powell and bassist Clive Chaman. During June 1971 Beck signed a record deal with CBS and was looking for a new singer. After hearing Bobby Tench perform with his band Gass, “Upstairs” at Ronnie Scott‘s club in Soho London, Beck employed him as vocalist and second guitarist.
- 1968 – Truth (Epic)
- 1969 – Beck-Ola (Epic)
- 1971 – Rough and Ready (Epic)
- 1972 – Jeff Beck Group (Epic)