THE YARDBIRDS BIOGRAPHY

The Yardbirds first started out as the Metropolitan Blues Quartet in 1962-63 in London. Their first performances were as the backup band for Cyril Davies. Soon The Yardbirds were the house band at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond.

In 1963, Eric Clapton took over as the lead guitarist of the Yardbirds. In 1964, the Yardbirds signed to EMI's Columbia label. Their first album was, Five Live Yardbirds. It was unusual at the time as it was a live album.

The Yardbirds went on to release a number of singles. Their third single, For Your Love, became a hit in both the UK and the US. Eric Clapton left the Yardbirds and his replacement was Jeff Beck.

By 1965, the Yardbirds had released a pair of albums in the U.S. They soon followed with more singles and the album, Yardbirds (aka, Roger The Engineer). In 1966, Samwell-Smith left the group to work as a record producer. It was then that Jimmy Page joined The Yardbirds.

Then towards the end of 1966, Jeff Beck left the group. But from there on things did not go well for the yardbirds and they did not enjoy much success with their singles. By 1968 the members of the band had different opinions on the direction the band should take. The final album of the Yardbirds was, Little Games. The Yardbirds played their final concert on July 7, 1968, at Luton Technical College in Bedfordshire, England.

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