The Yardbirds


In 1963, when the Rolling Stones gave up their residency at the Crawdaddy they were replaced by The Yardbirds, who were far more acceptable to Mods than the scruffy Stones . The Yardbirds also had a more authentic blues sound and, some of their members at least, even looked like Mods. Young mod face Julie Driscoll ran The Yardbirds' fan club, and it was under the encouragement of their manager that she began her own career, which included a spell as a member of legendary act The Steampacket.

The Yardbirds are best known for starting the careers of three of rock's most famous guitarists: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. Although they were a blues-based band their sound evolved into experimental rock and they were a a crucial link between British R&B and psychedelia. In their time, The Yardbirds were pioneers in almost every guitar innovation of the '60s: fuzz tone, feedback, distortion, backwards echo, improved amplification. They were one of the first to put an emphasis on complex lead guitar parts and experimentation.