Jeff Beck (Wallington, UK, June 26, 1944) is a British rock guitarist and songwriter, formerly a member of The Yardbirds. He later went solo, becoming one of rock's guitar legends.
Beck is often referred to in Zappa's work, mostly with the catchphrase "more fluid than Jeff Beck". References include:
- "Magic Fingers" on 200 Motels
- "Titties 'n Beer" on Zappa In New York
- "Punky's Whips" on Zappa In New York
Zappa about Jeff Beck
Zappa also named Beck one of his favorite guitarists in the interview Dynamo Frank.
"I like Jeff, yeah. I've listened to Wired ( Epic), and there are a couple of solos on there that I like. And I like some of his stuff on "Rough and Ready" (Epic)." -Frank Zappa, One Size Fits All Interview.
"One of my favorite guitar players on the planet. From a melodic standpoint and just in terms of the conception of what he plays, he's fabulous. I like Jeff." - Frank Zappa , The Frank Zappa Interview Picture Disk, pt.2