"Who in their right mind is going to buy a Pop single with harpsichord on it?"

March 24, 2018

 

 

The Yardbirds released 'For Your Love' on March 25th of 1965

For Your Love was their first top ten hit in both the UK and the US

The Yardbirds recorded "For Your Love" at the IBC Studios in London

on February 1st of 1965

The song was a departure from the group's blues roots

in favor of a commercial pop rock sound

Guitarist Eric Clapton disapproved of the change

and the song influenced him to leave the group

 

Organist Brian Auger was hired to play keyboards on the track

When he arrived at the recording studio there was no organ or even a piano

All that could be found was a two-tiered harpsichord

on which Auger improvised the now familiar intro

When the session ended...

Brian Auger wondered...

"Who in their right mind is going to buy a Pop single with harpsichord on it?" 

For Your Love went on to reach #3 in the UK and #6 in the US 

 

In The Studio

Keith Relf ~ vocals

Jim McCarty ~ drums

Ron Prentice ~ bowed bass

Denny Piercy ~ bongos

Brian Auger ~ harpsichord

Eric Clapton and Chris Dreja ~ guitars during the double-time middle break 

 

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