Yardbirds – The Yardbirds are an English rock band, formed in London in 1963.

The band’s core lineup featured Keith Relf (vocals / harmonica), Jim McCarty (drums), Chris Dreja (rhythm and bass guitar), and Paul Samwell-Smith (bass guitar and producer).

The band launched the careers of three of rock’s most famous guitarists: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, all of whom played in the band at different times.

The Yardbirds had a string of hits throughout the mid-1960s, including “For Your Love“, “Heart Full of Soul“, “Shapes of Things“, and “Over Under Sideways Down“.

Originally a blues-based band, The Yardbirds broadened their range into pop, psychedelic rock and early hard rock.

Following the band’s split in 1968, guitarist Jimmy Page formed Led Zeppelin.

The Yardbirds re-formed in the 1990s, featuring McCarty and Dreja as the only original members. Dreja left the band in 2012, leaving McCarty as the sole original member of the band in the present lineup.

The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. They were included at number 89 in Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” and ranked number 37 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.

Backing Tracks – For Your Love … Shape Of Things

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