04 April 2010
The Yardbirds, a 1960's British blues/rock band, took the name from the slang term for bums and hobos, and also used to describe a prisoner. In the latter sense, it is a variation on "jailbird" - one who would hang around the prison courtyard.
The term was used in the popular book of the period by Jack Kerouac, On The Road.
The Yardbirds had a string of hits in the mid 1960s, including "For Your Love", "Over, Under, Sideways, Down" and "Heart Full of Soul".
The group is notable for having started the careers of three of rock's most famous guitarists: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page, all of whom were in the top fifteen of Rolling Stone's 100 Top Guitarists list (Clapton as #4, Page as #9, and Beck as #14).
A blues-based band that broadened its range into pop and rock, The Yardbirds were pioneers in the guitar innovation of the '60s: fuzz tone, feedback, distortion, backwards echo, improved amplification, etc. The band's disintegration led to the formation of the rock band Led Zeppelin, by Jimmy Page in 1968.
The bulk of the band's most successful self-written songs came from bassist/producer Paul Samwell-Smith who, with singer/harmonica player Keith Relf, drummer Jim McCarty and rhythm guitarist/bassist Chris Dreja, constituted the core of the group. The band reformed in the 1990s, featuring McCarty, Dreja and new members.
Yardbirds : The Ultimate Rave-Up
Over Under Sideways Down
Having a Rave Up
For Your Love
Best of The Yardbirds (Guitar Recorded Version)
For Your Love - Original
Greatest Hits, Vol. 1: 1964-1966
Shape Of Things - The Very Best Of
Happenings Ten Years Time Ago 1964-1968
Roger The Engineer / Over Under Sideways Down
The Yardbirds: The Band That Launched Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page (Book)
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