The Yardbirds are an English rock band, formed in London in 1963. The band's core lineup featured vocalist and harmonica player Keith Relf , drummer Jim McCarty , rhythm guitarist/bassist Chris Dreja and bassist/producer Paul Samwell-Smith .
The Yardbirds were a 1962 British rock band, noted for spawning the careers of several of rock music's most famous guitarists, including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. Jeff Beck replaced Eric Clapton, who went on to the Bluesbreakers. Beck then asked Page if he would like to join the band as a bassist, but quickly switched to guitar.
The Yardbirds Biography by Richie Unterberger Adventurous blues-rockers of the '60s, best known for having guitar heroes Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page pass through their ranks.