Today, we look at the twelve Jeff Beck songs that were nominated for Grammy Awards (seven of which won Grammys).
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Jeff Beck, one of the most beloved and respected rock and roll guitarists of all time, sadly passed away today after a brief bout with bacterial meningitis. Beck, of course, was most famous for his work in the 1960s with The Yardbirds and the Jeff Beck Group (the latter of which launched the careers of a young Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood), but he was an acclaimed musician in the last fifty years, as well.
Part of this acclaim was demonstrated in the remarkable SIXTEEN Grammy Award nominations he received since 1976, including EIGHT wins. Four of the nominations (and one of the wins) were for albums. The remaining twelve nominations for were specific performances. Beck won seven Grammys for these performances. I thought it would be a great primer for people unfamiliar with his work to share these twelve songs.
“ESCAPE” – WINNER
Flash was a surprise smash hit for Beck, driven mostly by the Curtis Mayfield song, “People Get Ready,” where his old friend, Rod Stewart, reunited with him for a top five hit. But he also won his first Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for “Escape” off of the album…
“A DAY IN THE LIFE”
“WHAT MAMA SAID”
“DIRTY MIND” – WINNER
“PLAN B” – WINNER
Beck’s next album, Jeff, featured another Grammy winner with “Plan B”…
“A DAY IN THE LIFE” – WINNER
This time, though, the cover won the Grammy.
“IMAGINE” – WINNER
Herbie Hancock’s most recent album, The Imagine Project, won a Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals for John Lennon’s “Imagine,” with Pink, Seal and India Arie singing, Hancock playing piano and Beck on guitar.
“NESSUN DORMA” – WINNER
“HAMMERHEAD” – WINNER
as well as the Best Rock Instrumental Performance for “Hammerhead”…
“I PUT A SPELL ON YOU”
as well as a nomination for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal with his cover of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put a Spell on You” with Joss Stone.
Here they are doing it at American Idol‘s Idol Gives Back TV special…
Rest in peace, Jeff Beck. You were amazing.
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