The Yardbirds


October 17, 2021

The Yardbirds are a British rock band that created a number of hits in the mid-1960s, including For Your Love, Over Under Sideways Down and Heart Full of Soul. The group is best known for being the start of the careers of three of the most famous rock guitarists: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, who are included in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time (Clapton is # 2, Paige is # 3, and Beck - by 5). The Yardbirds became one of the first bands with a new guitar sound: fuzz, distortion, echo, etc. Pat Pemberton, journalist for Spinner, wrote that the Yardbirds were the most influential guitar group in rock music. After the Yardbirds disbanded in 1968, lead guitarist Jimmy Page formed Led Zeppelin. Most of the band's most successful songs were written by bassist and band director Paul Samwell-Smith, who founded the band with Keith Relph (vocals, harmonica), Jim McCarthy (drums) and Chris Draya (guitar, bass). The group, revived in the 1990s, included McCarthy, Draya and new members. The Yardbirds were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.



The group formed in the southwest suburbs of London. Keith Relph and Paul Samwell-Smith decided to form a band and call it the Metropolitan Blues Quartet. At the end of May 1963 they were joined by Dreia, McCarthy and Topham. The band's name changed to Blue-Sounds, under which the band played several shows in September 1963. The band eventually became the Yardbirds, a reference to jazz saxophonist Charlie 'Bird' Parker. At the Kingston School of the Arts in late May 1963, they first performed as an opening act for Cyril Davis, and became famous on the blues scene in September 1963 when they performed at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond. They include songs from Chicago blues by Howlin 'Wolfe, Muddy Waters, Bo Didley, Sonny Boy Williamson II and Elmore James into their repertoire, including the songs "Smokestack Lightning", "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl", "Boom Boom", "I Wish You Would" , Rollin 'and Tumblin', and I'm a Man. Guitarist Top (Anthony) Topham left the group at the insistence of his parents, who believed that music was a hindrance to the 16-year-old Top. He was replaced by Eric Clapton in October 1963. Crawdaddy club director Giorgio Gomelsky became the Yardbirds manager and the first recording director. Led by Gomel Yardbirds yes

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