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After the relative ease of getting the first two band members, finding a drummer was a nightmare. Beck went through Ray Cook, his former bandmate in The Tridents, the Pretty Things’ Viv Prince, ex-John Mayall drummer Mickey Waller (we’ll come back to him), Rod Coombes (later of The Strawbs), and another former Mayall graduate, Aynsley Dunbar. Although the last namedheld real promise, it resulted in yet another drum debacle. “I played with Jeff for four months,” Dunbar told me years ago. “I led his band in the end, that’s what happened. I was also looking after Jeff as far as that was concerned. So I felt, seeing as I’m doing that, I might as well be running my own band and making some cash, because we were on a paid wage routine with him.

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Childhood friend Jimmy Page of the band Led Zeppelin who also played with Beck in The Yardbirds once said that Beck’s style of playing was “totally unorthodox”. As a guitar enthusiast, I have seen many guitar players with the abilities to copy and master songs and solos note for note by some of the greatest guitar players who have ever graced the stage. I have yet to see one guitar player even come close to what Jeff Beck can do with a guitar. . and I’m not sure that we ever will.

“I first heard Les when I was six,” Beck reveals. “Later on when I heard rock and roll, like Elvis and Carl Perkins, the guitar had a similar trebly, bright sound, with the slapback.”


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