The Yardbirds are a staple in rock history and are now considered to be a great Classic British Rock band. The band formed in 1963 and went through many changes in line-up throughout the years. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and are featured in Rolling Stone Magazine’s “100 Greatest Artists of All Time.” In fact, even though the band initially only lasted for about five years, they had a resurgence with some original members in 1992 and still perform from time to time.
Back in the day, The Yardbirds were particularly known housing and propelling the career of three of our most beloved blues-rock guitarists. Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck were all featured in the band and wrote some of the band’s biggest hits. Clapton was the first of this amazing trifecta to play with the band and also the first one to leave. Upon his departure, he recommended a hot young session musician to take his place on lead guitar. His name was Jimmy Page. After some band politics got in the way, Page originally turned the position down and suggested another amazing musician, Jeff Beck.
We all know Page from his overwhelming success with rock gods Led Zeppelin, and his success with the Yardbirds helped to get him there. At first, he was reluctant to join the group because he was not used to a grueling tour schedule and because he was content with his consistent studio work at the time.
After about a year, Page would accompany his friend Jeff Beck to the Yardbird’s gigs and watch from back stage. After their bass player quit, Page decided to take the job, wanting a break from the studio. Realizing how great his guitar skills were, Page switched to guitar.
Unfortunately, the dreams of Page and Beck playing together only lasted for a short time. After Beck left the band, the Yardbirds did not last much longer and Page transformed the band into the New Yardbirds which morphed into the famed Led Zeppelin.
In short, go check out the Yardbirds!