Personalities | The Yardbirds | Sixties | Jazz & Blues

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1963–68)

The Chicago blues-inspired Yardbirds, featuring Keith Relf (vocals, harmonica), Eric Clapton and Chris Dreja (guitars), Paul Samwell-Smith (bass) and Jim McCarty (drums), took over the Rolling Stones’ residency at London’s Crawdaddy Club and backed Sonny Boy Williamson II on tour in 1963. Clapton left after the release of their debut album in 1963 and was replaced by Jeff Beck; a succession of pop hits followed. Guitarist Jimmy Page joined in 1966 and after Beck departed, Page and Dreja formed the New Yardbirds (an ensemble which would eventually develop into Led Zeppelin). A version of the Yardbirds reformed after their 1992 induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and continues to tour.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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