The Yardbirds - entry page:
The Yardbirds then...
U.K. blues and rhythm&blues outfit that featured in succession at one time or another
the brilliant guitarists Top Topham, Eric Clapton, Jeff
Beck and Jimmy Page. Evolved (under Jimmy Page era) into
the New Yardbirds and then quickly into Led Zeppelin and met fame and fortune.
Album cover from "Five Live Yardbirds", recorded in 1964 by the Eric
'Slowhand' Clapton lineup. A true classic if there ever was one.
From the left: Keith Relf (lead vocals, harp), Chris Dreja (rhythm guitar), Eric Clapton (lead guitar), Jim McCarty (drums) and Paul Samwell-Smith (bass guitar - and recording guru).
...and The Yardbirds now!
During the 90's the Yardbirds name has been magically resurrected by the stable team of original members Chris Dreja (rhythm guitar) and Jim McCarty (drums) for a new era.
These more recent lineups have included:
harpist Laurie Garman (ex-Key Largo, Cobras, Diplomatics)
bassist Denny Ball (ex-Ace Kefford Stand, Bedlam - and much later with Wolfie Witcher).
On Nov. 3 '98 Steve Kennedy mails me that
Alan Glen (ex-Nine Below Zero '92 - '95) now plays the harmonica with The Yardbirds. Alan Glen is also harpist with Sonny Black & The Dukes.
Gypie Mayo (ex- Dr Feelgood) handles lead guitar & backing vocals, and
John Idan the lead vocals and bass guitar.
Yardbirds Official World Wide Web Page (U.K.)
The Yardbirds Official
Chrome Oxide - Music Collectors Pages
The Musicians' Olympus: excellent page on the career of Denny Ball!
Steve Kennedy for info and bookings of current Yardbirds outfit
John Platt - Chris Dreja - Jim McCarty: "Yardbirds" (Sidgwick &
Jackson, U.K. 1983)
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