Jeff Beck, Ron Chapman, 1966

Buddy Magazine staff and readers are shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of virtuoso guitarist Jeff Beck today. George Gimarc sent Buddy these never-before-seen images of Beck in Dallas, from 1966, performing with The Yardbirds on the Sump’n’ Else music show that aired on local TV in Dallas at the time.

The images were captured from over 20 minutes of Yardbirds performance film on the TV show, which Gimarc just happened to be editing for an upcoming documentary.

Shown in the photo above is a 22-year old Beck, with his Les Paul, ready for action, flanked by the legendary Dallas radio DJ Ron Chapman. The second photo shows Beck with Yardbirds manager, Simon Napier-Bell, playing the piano. Here, Beck is simply a smiling young lad, getting ready to take over the music world by storm.

We extend our sincere condolences to his family, friends, fans, and his fellow bandmates. Rest in peace.

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