He's a founding member of the Jeff Beck Group, formed in England in 1967. It included Rod Stewart on vocals and future Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood on bass.
He attended Wimbledon Art College in London.
Beck replaced Eric Clapton in the Yardbirds. He had been recommended by Jimmy Page, Yardbirds bassist at the time and future Led Zeppelin guitarist. Beck left the Yardbirds in 1966 due to illness.
Beck has been in three car crashes. A fractured skull in one of them prevented him from joining a band with two members of Vanilla Fudge. He was also out of commission for months when he got his thumb trapped under a car.
In the mid-1970s, he was playing an all-instrumental format and would variously collaborate with keyboardist Jan Hammer (the writer of the Miami Vice theme song).
Beck has recorded with Mick Jagger and Roger Waters, among others.
His music is always very experimental. He has played blues, funk, heavy metal, jazz, rockabilly, and has recently explored electronic music.
Beck was offered the opportunity to replace Mick Taylor in the Rolling Stones, but he declined saying the group wasn't funky enough. The job went to his former bassist Ron Wood.
Beck has inducted Les Paul and Rod Stewart into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has not been inducted himself.
Beck very nearly created Led Zeppelin. His 1968 single "Beck's Bolero" was recorded by the lineup of Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, John Entwhistle and Keith Moon. All they needed was a singer! Continuing in the Zep vein, Beck most definitely gave Jimmy some ideas. For instance, the first Jeff Beck Group album contains a cover of the Willie Dixon song "You Shook Me." Coincidentally (or not), the first Led Zeppelin album contains the same song (Jimmy claimed it as his own without giving proper credit). The first Beck Group album also has a song called "Led Boots" on it. Finally, the name of Page's future band was supplied by Keith Moon at the "Beck's Bolero" session when he said that his and Entwhistle's participation in the project would "go over like a lead zeppelin" with The Who's management. (thanks, don - rapid city, SD)
The Jeff Beck Group was supposed to be a part of the 1969 Woodstock Festival but they disbanded the week before. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice: As a member of The Yardbirds and as a solo artist. (thanks, austin - Bristow, VA)