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Encyclopedia > Keith Relf
Keith Relf
Background information
Birth name Keith William Relf
Born March 22, 1943
Richmond upon Thames, Surrey, England
Died May 14, 1976, London, England
Genre(s) blues, blues-rock, folk-rock, prog rock, heavy metal
Instrument(s) vocals, harmonica, guitar
Years active 1963 - 1976
Associated
acts
The Yardbirds
Renaissance
Armaggedon
Illusion


Keith Relf (born Keith William Relf) is best known as the lead singer and harmonica player of The Yardbirds. After the Yardbirds broke up, Relf was involved in the acoustic duo, Together (with fellow-Yardbird Jim McCarty), and the groups Renaissance (which included his sister Jane Relf) and Armageddon. He also produced a number of tracks for the Acoustic based Amber, for Saturnalia, and for Medicine Head, with whom he also played bass. March 22 is the 81st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (82nd in leap years). ... 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1943 calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England_(bordered). ... Richmond is a suburb in southwest London, in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. ... Surrey is a county in southern England, part of the South East England region and one of the Home Counties. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2005 est. ... May 14 is the 134th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (135th in leap years). ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... London (pronounced ) is the capital city of the United Kingdom and the largest city of England (strangely, England has no constitutional existence within the United Kingdom, and therefore cannot be said to have a capital). ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2005 est. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... Blues music redirects here. ... Blues Rock or Blues-rock is a fusion genre of music which combines elements of the blues with rock and roll. ... Bob Dylans folk rock album, Blonde on Blonde Folk rock is a musical genre, combining elements of folk music and rock music. ... The progressive rock band Yes performing in 1977. ... Heavy metals, in chemistry, are chemical elements of a particular range of atomic weights. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... See also: 1962 in music, other events of 1963, 1964 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 1 - The Beatles start a 5 day tour in Scotland to support the release of their new single, Love Me Do. January 4 - At Cortina d... See also: 1975 in music, other events of 1976, 1977 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // January 6 - Peter Frampton releases Frampton Comes Alive! January 7 - Kenneth Moss, a former record company executive, is sentenced to 120 days in the Los Angeles County Jail... The Yardbirds were an early English rock band, noted for starting the careers of three of rocks most famous guitarists, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. ... Armageddon Armageddon was a rock band co-founded by Bobby Caldwell and Keith Relf in 1975. ... Illusion was a British band formed in 1977 comprised by Jane Relf (vocals), Jim McCarty (vocals, acoustic guitar and percussion), John Hawken (keyboards), Louis Cennamo (bass), John Knightsbridge (guitars) and Eddie McNeill (drums). ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... The Yardbirds were an early English rock band, noted for starting the careers of three of rocks most famous guitarists, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. ... Jim McCarty was a guitarist from Michigan. ... Annie Haslam Renaissance were an English progressive rock band popular in the 1970s. ... Jane Relf (born March 7th 1947) was the younger sister of Keith Relf of the Yardbirds. ... Armageddon Armageddon was a rock band co-founded by Bobby Caldwell and Keith Relf in 1975. ... Amber Acoustic World Music Band. ... Medicine Head was a British blues/rock band, active in the 1970s. ...


Relf died in an accident, electrocuting himself while playing his electric guitar, which was not properly earthed[1]. (The tale that he died while playing in the bathtub is an urban legend.) At the time, Relf was rehearsing new material for the regrouping of the original Renaissance lineup, called Illusion. Left: Rosa Hurricane, a heavy metal-style solid body guitar. ... An urban legend is a kind of modern folklore consisting of stories often thought to be factual by those circulating them. ... Illusion was a British band formed in 1977 comprised by Jane Relf (vocals), Jim McCarty (vocals, acoustic guitar and percussion), John Hawken (keyboards), Louis Cennamo (bass), John Knightsbridge (guitars) and Eddie McNeill (drums). ...


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References

  1. ^ http://www.elvispelvis.com/electrocuted.htm

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index (285 words)
So...What Happened with Keith In the last year of the band?, Keith and Jim wanted to pursue folk-based music, and despite Jimmy Page's willingness to move the Yardbirds in that direction.
From here Relf and McCarty formed the original "Renaissance" to expanded the group (the in the Renaissance's pics is Jane, the Keith's sister!
They were in the process of forming "Illusion" when, Keith tragically died at his home on May 14 1976 from a heart attack which may have been caused by receiving an electric shock from a guitar amplifier, while practicing...He had been planning this new group only a couple of weeks before his.
The History Of Renaissance (10165 words)
Keith Relf and Jim McCarty were still very much involved in the direction of the band behind the scenes and while Relf eventually became disinterested, McCarty remained involved until 1973.
Relf suffered with asthma which was compounded by his heavy smoking and some believe that it was Relf's overall physical condition that caused what might have been only a shock to others to be enough electrocute him.
An unauthorised release entitled Offshoots was released in 1992.
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