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The Yardbirds were an early British rock band, noted for spawning the careers of several of rock music's most famous guitarists, including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. The Yardbirds album cover, uploaded by Gerald Zuckier. ... The Yardbirds album cover, uploaded by Gerald Zuckier. ... Rock band (or rock group) is a generic name to describe a group of musicians specializing in a particular form of electronically amplified music. ... Steve Howe playing lead guitar for Yes in 1977 A guitarist is a musician who plays the guitar. ... Eric Clapton at the Tsunami Relief concert in Cardiffs Millennium Stadium, January 22nd 2005 Eric Clapton CBE (born Eric Patrick Clapp on March 30, 1945) is a British guitarist and composer, nicknamed slowhand. ... Jeff Beck The electric guitarist Jeff Beck (born June 24, 1944) is a British rock musician who played in a number of influential bands in the 1960s. ... Jimmy Page in concert James Patrick Page OBE , known as Jimmy Page, (born January 9, 1944) is widely considered one of the greatest and most influential guitarists in rock and roll. ...


Formed originally as the Metropolitan Blues Quartet in 196263 in London, the Yardbirds first achieved notice on the burgeoning British blues scene (or "rhythm and blues," as the British music press alluded to it) when they took over as the house band at the Crawdaddy Club in London—succeeding the Rolling Stones. With a repertoire drawn more from the Delta-soaked Chicago blues titans Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson II, and Elmore James than the more commercially-minded Chuck Berry and Jimmy Reed influences of the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds began to build a following of their own in London before very long. Their inexperience and their less-than-stellar musicianship was obvious but their commitment was just as powerful, as they hammered away at versions of such blues classics as "Smokestack Lightning," "Got Love If You Want It," "Here 'Tis," "Baby What's Wrong," "Good Morning Little School Girl," "Boom Boom," "I Wish You Would," "Done Somebody Wrong," and "Rollin' and Tumblin'." 1962 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1963 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Clock Tower of the Palace of Westminster which contains Big Ben Tower Bridge at night A red double-decker bus crosses Piccadilly Circus. ... For the emotional state, see Depression (mood). ... Rhythm and blues (or R&B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... For other uses, see Rolling Stones (disambiguation) The Rolling Stones in 1964 The Rolling Stones are a British rock and roll band who rose to prominence during the mid-1960s. ... Howlin Wolf album cover Howlin Wolf (June 10, 1910 – January 10, 1976) was an African American blues singer, songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player. ... McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1915 – April 30, 1983) is better known as Muddy Waters. ... Sonny Boy Williamson, circa 1964 Alex Ford Miller (1899? - May 25, 1965), a. ... Elmore James album cover Elmore James (January 27, 1918–May 24, 1963) was an American blues singer and guitarist. ... Chuck Berry Charles Edward Anderson Berry (born October 18, 1926), better known as Chuck Berry, is a highly influential American guitarist, singer and composer. ... Jimmy Reed (September 6, 1925 - August 29, 1976) was a United States blues singer, notable for bringing his distinctive style of blues to mainstream audiences. ...


They made their first significant lineup addition when singer/harmonica player Keith Relf, rhythm guitarist Chris Dreja, bassist Paul Samwell-Smith, and drummer Jim McCarty, replaced original lead guitarist Anthony (Top) Topham with a very boyish-looking art student named Eric Clapton in late 1963. Clapton already knew what he was doing with his instrument; his solo turns, while far enough from the gripping little gems for which he became famous enough soon enough, already set him apart from most of his peers among the British blues clubbers. Between his sleek guitar playing and Keith Relf's improving harmonica style, the group could at least boast two attractive players that made listeners overlook their still-incomplete rhythmic attack. And, of critical importance, Crawdaddy Club impresario Giorgio Gomelsky—who had all but discovered the Rolling Stones but thought it beyond his range to become their manager—learned enough from his previous miss to become the Yardbirds' manager and, as it turned out, first producer. Keith Relf (born March 22, 1943, Richmond, Surrey; died May 14, 1976, London) is best known as the lead singer of the Yardbirds. ... Eric Clapton at the Tsunami Relief concert in Cardiffs Millennium Stadium, January 22nd 2005 Eric Clapton CBE (born Eric Patrick Clapp on March 30, 1945) is a British guitarist and composer, nicknamed slowhand. ... 1963 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The classical guitar typically has 3 nylon and 3 nickel-wound strings. ... A harmonica A harmonica is a free reed musical wind instrument (also known, among other things, as a mouth organ, french harp, simply harp, or Mississippi saxophone), having multiple, variably-tuned brass or bronze reeds, each secured at one end over an airway slot of like dimension into which it...


Under Gomelsky's guidance, the Yardbirds got themselves signed to EMI's Columbia label in early 1964; they set a precedent of a sort when their first album turned out to be a live album, Five Live Yardbirds, recorded at the legendary Marquee Club in London. The group was well enough reputed that none other than blues legend Sonny Boy Williamson himself invited the group to tour England and Germany with him, a union that survives to this day on a live album memorable for Williamson's trouper-like adaptation of his deep troubador style of blues to the Yardbirds' raw, unpolished rock and roll version. ("Those English kids," Williamson said famously of the Yardbirds and other British blues groups like the Animals and the Stones, "want to play the blues so bad—and they play the blues so bad," though he had a personal affection for the Yardbirds' members and even thought of moving to England permanently, until the illness that resulted in his early 1965 death.) The EMI Group is a major record label, based in Hammersmith, London, in the United Kingdom and with operations in over 25 other countries. ... 1964 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Clock Tower of the Palace of Westminster which contains Big Ben Tower Bridge at night A red double-decker bus crosses Piccadilly Circus. ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Religion... 1965 was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ...


The quintet went from there to cut several singles, including "I Wish You Would," but it was "For Your Love," a Graham Gouldman composition that was anything but the blues, which put the band to their highest chart position yet in England—and gave them their first major hit in the United States when it was released there in 1965. The group's move into pop outraged lead guitarist Eric Clapton—at the time a no-holds-barred blues purist— and he left the group in protest, subsequently joining John Mayall's Blues Breakers. The loss could have been devastating to the Yardbirds; Clapton had already shown the striking, stabbingly virtuosic style he would later expand and deepen with Mayall and unfurl as a full-fledged virtuoso statement with the improvisational Cream. Clapton recommended Jimmy Page, a studio guitarist he knew (and with whom he would soon cut a series of stirring blues guitar duets, including "Tribute to Elmore" and "Draggin' My Tail"), as his replacement, but Page—uncertain at the time about giving up his lucrative studio work—recommended in turn one Jeff Beck, whose fleet-fingered style and bent for experimentation pushed the Yardbirds to the direction from which they became widely credited for opening the door to "psychedelic" rock. 1965 was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... Eric Clapton at the Tsunami Relief concert in Cardiffs Millennium Stadium, January 22nd 2005 Eric Clapton CBE (born Eric Patrick Clapp on March 30, 1945) is a British guitarist and composer, nicknamed slowhand. ... John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers was a pioneering British blues band that included such luminaries as: Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce (both later in Cream), Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood (later all in Fleetwood Mac), Mick Taylor (later in The Rolling Stones), Don Harris, Harvey Mandel, Larry Taylor (Canned... Cream album cover Cream was a seminal 1960s rock band which featured the guitarist Eric Clapton, bassist Jack Bruce, and drummer Ginger Baker. ... Jimmy Page in concert James Patrick Page OBE , known as Jimmy Page, (born January 9, 1944) is widely considered one of the greatest and most influential guitarists in rock and roll. ... Jeff Beck The electric guitarist Jeff Beck (born June 24, 1944) is a British rock musician who played in a number of influential bands in the 1960s. ...


The Yardbirds in 1965 and 1966 issued a pair of albums in the U.S., slapped together somewhat haphazardly from their British recordings, For Your Love (which included a delightful early take of "Hang On, Sloopy"—they'd gotten hold of a demo of the song before the McCoys had their chartbusting crack at it a year later, and their patented doubletime "rave up" version is a treat) and Havin' A Rave Up With The Yardbirds, half of which came from Five Live Yardbirds. 1965 was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... 1966 was a common year starting on Saturday (link goes to calendar) // Events January January 1 - In a coup, Colonel Jean-Bédel Bokassa ousts president David Dacko and takes over the Central African Republic. ...


Beck's tenure in the group, meanwhile, produced a number of memorable recordings, from single hits like "Heart Full of Soul," "I'm A Man," and "Shapes of Things" to the Yardbirds album (known more popularly as Roger the Engineer, and first issued in the U.S. in a bowdlerised version called Over Under Sideways Down), and established him as a top-rank guitarist whose experiments with fuzz tone, feedback, and distortion jolted British rock forward with a bold dropkick. In addition, the Yardbirds began serious experiments with things like adapting Gregorian chant ("Still I'm Sad," "Turn Into Earth," Hot House of Omagarashid," "Farewell," "Ever Since The World Began") and various European folk styles into their blues and rock rooted music, and this gained them a new reputation among the hipster underground even as their commercial appeal had begun already to wane. Jeff Beck The electric guitarist Jeff Beck (born June 24, 1944) is a British rock musician who played in a number of influential bands in the 1960s. ... Roger the Engineer is an album by The Yardbirds, released in 1966. ...


It was shortly after the sessions that produced Yardbirds that Paul Samwell-Smith decided to quit the group and move behind the boards as a producer. Jimmy Page re-entered the picture here, agreeing to pinch-hit on bass until rhythm guitarist Chris Dreja could become comfortable with that instrument, and then teaming with Beck for tantalising twin-guitar attacks that proved short-lived: Beck either quit or was fired from the group in mid-1966, and the Yardbirds continued as a quartet for the remainder of their career. The only pronounced examples of what the Beck-Page tandem could have been were the concert dates they played as the opening band for The Rolling Stones, in which they were described by critics as "World War Three," and the single "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago," a 2:25 psychedelic explosion that was the most experimental pop record that had been recorded to date. "Happenings" featured Beck and Page on twin lead guitar, with John Paul Jones brought in to the recording session to play bass; it was backed with "Psycho Daisies," which featured Beck on lead guitar and Page on bass. The Beck-Page era Yardbirds also recorded "Stroll On," their half-crazed rendition of their standard "The Train Kept A-Rollin'," which they recorded for the Antonioni film Blow-Up; Relf changed the lyrics and title the night before it was recorded because there wasn't enough time to acquire permission from the copyright holder. "Stroll On" features a twin lead-guitar break, so it is likely that the Beck-Page tandem was at work on this recording as well. The Beck-Page lineup made one other recording, a commercial for a milkshake product "Great Shakes" -- a short rehash of "Over Under Sideways Down" on which Page is presumably playing bass. There was one additional recording that Beck and Page made in secret -- "Beck's Bolero," a Jimmy Page rewrite of Ravel's "Bolero." Beck and Page each make competing claims about who played most of the guitar parts; however, the rest of the lineup was John Paul Jones on bass, Keith Moon on drums, and Nicky Hopkins on keyboards. "Beck's Bolero" was first released as the B-side of Beck's first single, "Hi Ho Silver Lining," and was included on his first solo album, "Truth." Jimmy Page in concert James Patrick Page OBE , known as Jimmy Page, (born January 9, 1944) is widely considered one of the greatest and most influential guitarists in rock and roll. ... Jeff Beck The electric guitarist Jeff Beck (born June 24, 1944) is a British rock musician who played in a number of influential bands in the 1960s. ... 1966 was a common year starting on Saturday (link goes to calendar) // Events January January 1 - In a coup, Colonel Jean-Bédel Bokassa ousts president David Dacko and takes over the Central African Republic. ... For other uses, see Rolling Stones (disambiguation) The Rolling Stones in 1964 The Rolling Stones are a British rock and roll band who rose to prominence during the mid-1960s. ... This entry pertains to the word psychedelic, its origin and uses. ... Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones in 1972. ... Michelangelo Antonioni (born September 29, 1912 in Ferrara, Italy) is an Italian film director, writer and painter. ... Categories: Movie stubs | 1966 films | British films | Italian films ... Joseph-Maurice Ravel (March 7, 1875 – December 28, 1937) was a French composer and pianist, best known for his orchestral work, Boléro, and his famous 1922 orchestral arrangement of Modest Mussorgskys Pictures at an Exhibition. ... Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones in 1972. ... Keith John Moon (August 23, 1946 – September 7, 1978) was the drummer of the rock group The Who. ... Nicky Hopkins (February 24, 1944 - September 6, 1994) was a British musician who featured on scores of the most important British and American popular music recordings of the 1960s and 1970s, playing piano and organ. ...


Page was just as bent toward experimentation as Beck, particularly his striking technique of scraping a violin or cello bow across his guitar strings to induce a round of odd and surreal sounds, and his dextrous use of a wah-wah pedal. He also proved an adept finger-style guitarist, as evident on the shimmering "White Summer," a raga- and folk-styled instrumental composition. The violin is a stringed musical instrument that has four strings tuned a perfect fifth apart. ... A cropped image to show the relative size of a cello to a human (Uncropped Version) The violoncello, or as it is more commonly to refered to as the cello or cello (pronounced Cheh-loh), is a stringed instrument and a member of the violin family. ...


Increasing chart indifference, record company pressure (their British label EMI pressed hitmaking producer Mickie Most upon them in a failed bid to re-ignite their commercial success), and drug-related problems meant that by 1967 the Yardbirds' days were numbered. The "Little Games" single released in the spring flopped so badly in the UK that EMI didn't release another Yardbirds record in Britain for another year. A cover of Manfred Mann's "Ha Ha Said The Clown" -- on which only one band member, Relf, actually performed -- was the band's last single to crack the U.S. Top 50, peaking at No. 44 in Billboard in the summer of '67. Their final album, the badly-produced Little Games, a pastiche of K-mart psychedelia released in the U.S. in July, tanked. The Yardbirds spent most of the rest of that year touring in the States with new manager Peter Grant while living a schizophrenic pop life: Their records became more benign (A cover of Harry Nilsson's "Ten Little Indians" hit the U.S. in the fall of '67 and quickly sank) as their live shows were becoming heavier and more experimental. The band rarely played their 1967 singles live, preferring to mix the Beck-era hits with covers by groups such as the Velvet Underground and an American folk singer named Jake Holmes. Holmes' "Dazed and Confused," with lyrics rewritten by Relf and cranked up to a blues-metal frenzy by Page, McCarty and Dreja, was a live staple of the Yardbirds' last two American tours -- it went down so well that Page decided to keep it in the quiver even after the band's demise. A concert and some album tracks were recorded in New York City in March 1968; all were shelved at the band's request, although once Led Zeppelin hit big, Epic tried to cash in by releasing the concert material as the infamous LP "Live Yardbirds! Featuring Jimmy Page." Their final single, March 1968's "Goodnight Sweet Josephine" failed to crack the Billboard Top 100 but is notable in retrospect for its B-side, "Think About It," which featured a proto-Zeppelin Page riff and snippets of the "Dazed" guitar solo in the break. But the band had split in spirit by the end of 1967: Relf and McCarty wanted to go folk, Page wanted to play louder, and ne'er the twain. The Yardbirds played their final gig in Luton in July 1968. 1967 - Wikipedia /**/ @import /w/skins-1. ... The text below is generated by a template, which has been proposed for deletion. ...


But Jimmy Page, left with both the rights to the band's name and a touring commitment yet fulfilled in Scandinavia, was compelled to put a new lineup together to make that commitment. Terry Reid was asked to replace Relf, but he turned down the offer because of his new recording contract, instead recommending a then-unknown Midlands singer by the name of Robert Plant. Plant, in turn, recommended John Bonham on drums. Dreja bowed out to pursue a career as a rock photographer; enter bassist/keyboardist/arranger Jones. Billed as the New Yardbirds, they made the tour, found themselves clicking decently enough, and then repaired home to England to produce, in a very short time, a landmark debut album. But what was to become Led Zeppelin was still billed in England as "The Yardbirds" or "The Yardbirds Featuring Jimmy Page" as late as October 1968; indeed, some early studio tapes from the "Led Zeppelin" album were marked as being performed by "The Yardbirds." One report recently indicated that it was a legal threat from Dreja that prompted -- or at least, hastened -- the name change. The term "Led Zeppelin" was originally coined by Entwistle in 1966 as the name of a proposed "supergroup" that would comprise the himself, Moon, Beck and Page. Jimmy Page in concert James Patrick Page OBE , known as Jimmy Page, (born January 9, 1944) is widely considered one of the greatest and most influential guitarists in rock and roll. ... Scandinavia, Fennoscandia, and the Kola Peninsula. ...


The remaining Yardbirds didn't exactly go gently into that good grey night. Samwell-Smith, who had gone on to fame as Cat Stevens' producer in 1970, helped vocalist Relf and drummer McCarty organise a new folk group called Together and later, Renaissance. Cat Stevenss birth name was Stephen Demetre Georgiou. ... Renaissance was a 1970s progressive rock band. ...


Keith Relf resurfaced in the late 1970s with a new quartet, Armageddon, a hybrid of hard, thrusting rock and folk that included former Renaissance mate Louis Cenammo. They recorded one promising album before Relf was killed in an electrocution accident while playing an ungrounded guitar in his home studio. Meanwhile, Jim McCarty, Paul Samwell-Smith (who had remained Cat Stevens' producer to the day Stevens converted to Islam and withdrew from pop music entirely), and Chris Dreja offered a nucleus in the 1980s for a short-enough lived but fun-enough kind of Yardbirds semi-reunion called Box of Frogs, which occasionally included Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page plus various friends with whom they'd all recorded over the years. This article provides extensive lists of events and significant personalities of the 1970s. ... // Events and trends The 1980s marked an abrupt shift towards more conservative lifestyles after the momentous cultural revolutions which took place in the 1960s and 1970s and the definition of the AIDS virus in 1981. ... Jeff Beck The electric guitarist Jeff Beck (born June 24, 1944) is a British rock musician who played in a number of influential bands in the 1960s. ... Jimmy Page in concert James Patrick Page OBE , known as Jimmy Page, (born January 9, 1944) is widely considered one of the greatest and most influential guitarists in rock and roll. ...


The Yardbirds were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. All six living musicians who had been part of the group's heyday—including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page, who had never (contrary to numerous misidentifications over the years) played in the group together (the confusion may have stemmed from a 1971 Epic Records anthology, Yardbirds Featuring Performances By: Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, a set which fell out of print and became a very expensive collectors' item for many years)—appeared at the ceremony. "I suppose," Jeff Beck cracked at the ceremony, "I should say thank you, but they fired me—so fuck 'em!" The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, showing Lake Erie in the background The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a museum in Cleveland, Ohio, United States, dedicated, as the name suggests, to recording the history of some of the best-known and most influential rock and... 1992 is a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Eric Clapton at the Tsunami Relief concert in Cardiffs Millennium Stadium, January 22nd 2005 Eric Clapton CBE (born Eric Patrick Clapp on March 30, 1945) is a British guitarist and composer, nicknamed slowhand. ... Jeff Beck The electric guitarist Jeff Beck (born June 24, 1944) is a British rock musician who played in a number of influential bands in the 1960s. ... Jimmy Page in concert James Patrick Page OBE , known as Jimmy Page, (born January 9, 1944) is widely considered one of the greatest and most influential guitarists in rock and roll. ... 1971 is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ...


In 2003, a new album, Birdland, was released under the Yardbirds name by a lineup including Chris Dreja, Jim McCarty, and new members Gypie Mayo (lead guitar, backing vocals), John Idan (bass, lead vocals) and Alan Glen (harmonica, backing vocals). Jeff Beck reunites with his former bandmates on one track. 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


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