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Jeff Beck Group

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(1967 – 1972)

The Jeff Beck Group was a rock band formed in February 1967. Their unique and innovative approach to heavy-sounding blues was a major influence on popular music in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

The first Jeff Beck Group was formed in the U.K. in 1967, consisting of Jeff Beck guitar, Rod Stewart vocals, Ron Wood bass, and Aynsley Dunbar drums. Beck had unfortunately signed a personal management contract with famed U.K. singles producer and manager, Mickie Most. Beck had envisioned forming the band he eventually did, but for the first part of their existence (early ‘67), they were relegated to being a ‘backup band’ for Beck, but Most lost interest in Beck quickly, and the group floundered for the better part of a year. In fact, if it weren’t for Most’s employee Peter Grant, they would have almost certainly ended up on the scrap heap before they ever got started.

Grant’s interests were not entirely philanthropic though, as he was keenly interested in managing his own band. Having been to the States as tour manager for The New Vaudeville Band, he was well aware of a new Concert and Album trend developing in the U.S., where a band could be launched through concerts - without a hit single. Beck’s outfit was made to order for this new market. And so he tried - repeatedly, desperately, and in vain to buy Beck’s contract from Mickie Most. And although Most had lost interest in Beck, he stubbornly refused to sell. Grant however, wasn’t beaten, and in early ‘68, he arranged a six week U.

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