The Yardbirds and Spencer Davis Group Autographs
Rare page of The Yardbirds and Spencer Davis Group Autographs on same page including Jeff Beck. 11×7.5cm
The Yardbirds are an English rock band formed in London in 1963. They had a string of hits during the mid-1960s, including “For Your Love”, “Heart Full of Soul” and “Over Under Sideways Down”. The group launched the careers of guitarists Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. A blues-based band that broadened its range into pop and rock. Yardbirds contributed to many electric guitar innovations of the mid-1960s, such as feedback, “fuzztone” distortion and improved amplification. After the Yardbirds broke up in 1968. Lead guitarist Jimmy Page founded what became Led Zeppelin. While vocalist and harmonica player Keith Relf and drummer Jim McCarty formed the symphonic rock group Renaissance.
The bulk of the band’s most successful self-written songs came from Relf. McCarty and bassist and producer Paul Samwell-Smith, who, with rhythm guitarist and bassist Chris Dreja. Constituted the core of the group. The band reformed in the 1990s, featuring McCarty, Dreja and new members. The Yardbirds were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.
The Spencer Davis Group are a British rock band formed in Birmingham in 1963. By Spencer Davis with Steve Winwood and his brother, Muff Winwood. Their best known songs include the UK number ones “Somebody Help Me” and “Keep on Running”, “I’m a Man” and “Gimme Some Lovin'”, which reached #2 in the UK and #7 in the US. Steve Winwood left in 1967 to form Traffic before joining Blind Faith, then forging a career as a solo artist. After releasing a few more singles, the band ceased activity in 1968. They briefly reunited from 1973 to 1974 and Spencer Davis restarted a new group in 2006.