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The Yardbirds
photo credit: CindyCelebs
Group Members Andy Mitchell
Chris Dreja
Ben King
David Smale
Jim McCarty
Anthony "Top" Topham
Past Group Members See: Members section for detailed list
Music Genre (Text) Blues rock
psychedelic rock
rhythm and blues
Music Genre Pop/Rock
Origin London, England
Year(s) Active 1963–1968, 1992–present
Record Label Columbia
Official Websites theyardbirds.com
Associated Acts The Jeff Beck Group
Led Zeppelin
Box of Frogs
Band of Joy
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The Yardbirds are an English rock band that 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 guitar innovations of the '60s: fuzz tone, feedback, distortion, backwards echo, improved amplification, etc. Pat Pemberton, writing for Spinner, holds that the Yardbirds were "the most impressive guitar band in rock music". After the Yardbirds broke up in 1968, their current lead guitarist Jimmy Page founded what became Led Zeppelin.

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