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The Yardbirds

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British rock band, formed in London in 1963. Noted for their exploration of blues, rhythm and blues, and rock music, the group consisted of Keith Relf on vocals and harmonica, Paul Samwell-Smith on bass, Chris Dreja on rhythm guitar and later bass when Samwell-Smith left the band, and Jim McCarty on drums. A defining characteristic of the band was its revolving lineup of lead guitarists, starting with Top Topham in 1963, followed by Eric Clapton (1963-1965), Jeff Beck (1965-1966), and lastly, Jimmy Page (1966-1968).

Their approach to music was instrumental in pushing the boundaries of rock 'n' roll, notably influencing the development of hard rock and psychedelic rock genres. Known for their high-energy performances, they popularized the "rave-up" style, where a song builds in tempo and intensity, a technique that later found its way into heavy metal.

In 1992, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as performers, with the band continuing to tour under the leadership of Jim McCarty with a constantly evolving lineup.

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Aliases:Metropolis Blues Quintet
Members:Alan Glen, Andy Mitchell (5), Ben King (8), Chris Dreja, Earl Slick, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jerry Donahue, Jim McCarty, Jimmy Page, John Idan, John Knightsbridge, John Philip Mayo, Keith Relf, Kenny Aaronson, Mark Feltham, Myke Scavone, Paul Samwell-Smith, Ray Majors, Rod Demick
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