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|1963 - The Yardbirds were inspired by the Rolling Stones' early performances. When the Stones hit the big time, the Yardbirds replaced them as residents at the Crawdaddy Club. The Yardbirds are best remembered for producing the top three English blues-based guitarists of the '60s: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. Clapton was on board when the group recorded their early bluesy English hits, but he left after recording their first U.S. hit, "For Your Love" (No. 6, 1965). Jimmy Page, having turned down the invitation to replace Clapton, recommended Jeff Beck as lead guitarist.||Original bassist Paul Samwell-Smith quit in summer 1966, and guitarist Chris Dreja switched to bass, leaving room for Page, who was present for the recording of the group's last hit, "Happenings 10 Years Time Ago" (No. 30, 1966). Beck was fired in 1967 for missing shows because of illness. In 1968 drummer Jim McCarty and singer and harmonica player Keith Relf left the band. Page formed the New Yardbirds; that group eventually mutated into Led Zeppelin.|
|Similar Artists to Jeff Beck: * Bogert, Appice Beck * Led Zeppelin * Yardbirds * Jan Hammer * Carlos Santana * Derek & the Dominos * Jimi Hendrix * Rod Stewart * Eric Clapton * Stevie Ray Vaughan * Faces * Allan Holdsworth * Ron Wood * Fleetwood Mac * Rolling Stones * Paul Butterfield * Blind Faith * Roy Buchanan * Jeff Healey * John Mayall * Jimmy Page * Joe Satriani * Ten Years After * Johnny Winter * Creation * Janis Joplin * Queen * Roots and Influences: * Cream * Gene Vincent * Howlin' Wolf * Muddy Waters * Buddy Guy * Les Paul * Freddie King|
|Yardbirds Official Web Site Official Yardbirds American Web Site run by Mike Ober an American who in the 1990's produced comeback albums for the Yardbirds, Pretty Things, Procol Harum, Creation, Downliners Sect & Jimi Hendrix Experience founders. News, interviews, merchandise, rare photos, etc. on the Yardbirds & Theiroffshoots (Cream, Led Zeppelin, Renaissance, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, etc.)||The Beck/Page Yardbirds made their live debut on tour with the Rolling Stones. Beck and Page were amplified apparently three times as loud as the Stones and nobody had ever witnessed anything like this twin guitar line up before. the audience reaction to the powerful sounds of The Yardbirds was so great that they wouldn't let them off the stage and would be stomping and screaming for more. This left the Stones seething in the wings as they were the headliner!||Jimmy and Jeff had spent quite a while rehearsing "Over, Under Sideways Down" to get a stereo effect from the lead guitars and to hear this blasting out of the speakers must have been quite an experience. In later years we would get use to the sound levels getting higher and higher at gigs with Cream, Hendrix, Deep Purple and of course ex-Yardbirds bands Led Zeppelin and the Jeff Beck group. But by all accounts this really started in 1966 with The Yardbirds.|
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Few bands in the history of rock & roll were riddled with as many contradictions as the Who. All four members had wildly different personalities, as their notoriously intense live performances demonstrated. The group was a whirlwind of activity, as the wild Keith Moon fell over his drum kit and Pete Townshend leaped into the air with his guitar, spinning his right hand in exaggerated windmills.
|Vocalist Roger Daltrey strutted across the stage with a thuggish menace, as bassist John Entwistle stood silent, functioning as the eye of the hurricane. These divergent personalities frequently clashed, but these frictions also resulted in a decade's worth of remarkable music.|
|Because of the weird images in the song, and the coincidence of the intials in the song title, it's widely believed that the song Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds is about the drug L.S.D...||
In fact, the song is not about drugs at all. The title was inspired by then
four-year-old Julian Lennon. He brought home a picture he drew in nursery
school, and told John it was his freind, Lucy, in the sky, with diamonds.
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|The Beatles were the most popular and influential rock act of all time, but their significance cannot solely be measured in sales records (as impressive as those are). They synthesized all that was good about early rock and roll, and changed it into something original and even more exciting. They established the prototype for the self-contained rock group that wrote and performed their own material. As composers, their craft and melodic inventiveness were second to none, and key to the evolution of rock from its blues/R&B-based forms into a style that was far more eclectic, but equally visceral.||As singers, both John Lennon and Paul McCartney were among the best and most expressive vocalists in rock; the group's harmonies were intricate and exhilarating. As performers, they were (at least until touring had ground them down) exciting and photogenic; when they retreated into the studio, they were instrumental in pioneering advanced techniques and multi-layered arrangements. They were also the first British rock group to achieve worldwide prominence, launching a British Invasion that made rock truly an international phenomenon. more||
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