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The Yardbirds

1943

Paul Samwell-Smith was born.

1943

Jim McCarty was born.

1944

Jeff Beck was born.

1944

Chris Dreja was born.

1964

The Animals, Rolling Stones, Yardbirds and other British blues bands achieve success recording American blues; Son House “rediscovered” and performs at the Newport Folk Festival.

1965

Eric Clapton leaves the Yardbirds and joins John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers.

1965

The Yardbirds’ “For Your Love” enters the Billboard Hot 100 at Number 84. The song stays on the charts for twelve weeks, peaking at Number Six.

1966

The Yardbirds, with lead guitarists Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, embark upon a British tour with the Rolling Stones and Tina Turner.

1968

The Yardbirds break up, guitarist Jimmy Page forms the New Yardbirds and changes the group’s name to Led Zeppelin, allegedly on the advice of the Who’s Keith Moon.

1976

Keith Relf of the Yardbirds dies of electrocution in his London home.

1992

The Yardbirds inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.