Jimmy Page live 1966 Yardbirds debut at The Marquee Club London

June 21, 2016

On this day in 1966…

Jimmy Page made his live debut with The Yardbirds at The Marquee Club London…

Before Jimmy Page became the quintessential guitar player with mystique…

he was a bass player with ambition…

 

Page joined one of the most influential and up-and-coming British bands of his era..

The Yardbirds…

At only 22 years old…he was already a respected session musician in London…

in fact…the blues-leaning rock band had approached him two years earlier to replace then-guitarist Eric Clapton…but Page declined in loyalty to his pal…

A year later…when Clapton quit…the group solicited Page again who in turn recommended another friend Jeff Beck because Page was raking in the cash sitting in with Decca Records artists including the Rolling Stones…

Page finally joined the group in 1966 as a replacement for bassist Paul Samwell-Smith…

At his first show with the Yardbirds at the Marquee Club in London he played electric bass…

The venue was a significant one for the Yardbirds as they'd held their first residency there in February 1964 and the show celebrated Page's hard-won presence…

Page kept up four-string duties for a bit before switching to twin lead guitar alongside Beck until Beck left the tumultuous group too and the Yardbirds became a quartet with Page at lone lead guitar…

It was with this lineup that they released their final album  1967's Little Games…

All three guitarists of the Yardbirds…Eric Clapton…Jimmy Page…and Jeff Beck would become guitar superstars…

However…the Yardbirds proved an especially strong catalyst for Page's future glory…

When singer Keith Relf and drummer Jim McCarty left the quarreling group in 1968…

Page rebranded the band as "the New Yardbirds"...

He recruited vocalist Robert Plant...drummer John Bonham…and Bassist John Paul Jones...

The one and only lineup of Led Zeppelin was cemented…!

 

 

 

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