Saturday, September 21, 2013

The Yardbirds • For Your Love

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The 1965 hit, "For You Love". The song was written by Graham Gouldman, who later on was a founding member of the great band 10cc, along with Kevin Godley & Lol Creme. The song was sung by a recently formed British Blues band, The Yardbirds. The band was made up by Keith Relf, Paul Samwell-Smith, Chris Dreja, Jim McCarty, and a young guitarist named Eric Clapton. The Blues boom in the UK was strong at the time, with bands like Cyril Davies All-Stars and Rolling Stones, as well as Long John Baldry. The musicians were all looking to the music of American musicians Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, as well as Americans Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley. The Yardbirds were an early example of the movement, combining Blues, Rock, and Rhythm 'N Blues to a great new sound. You can hear it in the song that went to #3 on the British Pop chart, and #6 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Here are The Yardbirds singing "For Your Love".

Shortly after this song was released, Eric Clapton left the band, feeling they were headed away from the blues. He recommended a young man named Jimmy Page, who recommended an even younger guitarist, Jeff Beck. Clapton went on to join John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, before eventually joining the band Cream. Beck joined The Yardbirds, but was later fired after some erratic behavior the band didn't want to encourage. He went on to do some solo work before forming The Jeff Beck Group, which also featured Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood. After Jimmy Page had a short stint in The Yardbirds, he went to do a bunch of studio work, and playing with his then-girlfriend, Jackie DeShannon. Eventually, he met up with Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham, and they formed the iconic band Led Zeppelin.

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