Sunday Music – For Your Love

Posted on Sun 05/28/2017 by

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Today’s music video is For Your Love and the song is performed here by the English band The Yardbirds.

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This song was released in early 1965 by the English band The Yardbirds, and it made it to Number 2 on the National charts in the UK, and Number 6 on the mainstream U.S. charts. It was the biggest hit for the band which disbanded as The Yardbirds three years later, after having released five studio albums and 15 Singles. Other than this one hit, six other Singles made it into the Top Ten, but only in their home, the UK.

This band is a member of The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

Sometimes you wonder how arbitrary awards and honours like this are, that a pretty much seemingly obscure band which didn’t even have a number one hit can be given such a prestigious honour as this.

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame was only started up in 1983. Part of its original charter was that a band or artist could not be inducted until at least 25 years after the release of their first record. Each year, a number of bands and artists are put up for nomination. A wide group gets to vote, and the highest number of votes as a percentage will be inducted. Each year around six to ten bands or artists are actually inducted, and now there are 210 bands and artists who are inductees. There are 32 Early Influences on rock and roll who have also been inducted, and 44 non performers who also had influence on rock and roll who have been inducted as well. Also there are a further 30 who have been inducted either as the sidemen, for musical excellence, or for the lifetime achievement awards.

From the main body of inductees, there is a rare group of 22 performers who have been inducted twice, for their work with one band, and either a second band or for their solo career.

Only one artist has been inducted three times, for his work with two bands and for his solo career.

So then, where do The Yardbirds fit into all of this. The band was inducted in 1992. The band had a number of musicians who played in the band over the years, and as a band, 7 of those band members were inducted as one inductee for this band, The Yardbirds.

From that list of seven musicians, now look at this, just for three members of that one band, The Yardbirds.

Jeff Beck is one of those artists who has been inducted twice, for his work with The Yardbirds and for his solo career.

Jimmy Page is another who has been inducted twice, for his work with The Yardbirds, and for his work with Led Zeppelin, the band that The Yardbirds morphed into.

Eric Clapton is the only person to have been inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame three times, for his work with The Yardbirds, for his work with the band Cream, and for his solo career, in 1992, 1993, and 2000 respectively.

The only three time inductee.

Other bands and artists have two inductees, foremost among them the Beatles, and all four of them have been inducted twice. There’s also Crosby, Stills and Nash as dual inductees for their work with their band, The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, and The Hollies respectively.

However from this one band, The Yardbirds, they now have eight overall inductions, only surpassed by The Beatles with nine inductions.

The song I have featured today was their biggest hit, and it wasn’t even written by a band member, and was in fact written by Graham Gouldman in the days long before he was a member of another English band, 10cc, and when he wrote this song, he was only nineteen years old. He wrote hits for a number of bands and artists in his early days, and some of those songs were indeed smash hits for those other artists.

Eric Clapton joined The Yardbirds in 1963, appeared on one album, and then this one hit single. Not long after this single became a hit, he very abruptly left the band, saying that he wanted to do blues music that was not pop oriented, more than just the three minute Singles, so common at the time, and even this song is only two and a half minutes long. Clapton went on to join the John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers band, and then on to form the band Cream, and he was replaced in The Yardbirds by Jeff Beck. Originally, Clapton recommended a young session guitarist, Jimmy Page, to join the band in his place, but Page already had a lot of work on his hands, and he in turn recommended Jeff Beck for the position of lead guitarist with the band. It was Jeff Beck who introduced so many of the guitar special effects into the band’s music, and they were then copied from him by others. A year or so later, Jimmy Page did join the band, firstly playing bass guitar, and when Beck fell ill on a tour, Page took over lead guitar duties. When Beck returned to the band, The Yardbirds continued with two lead guitarists, another first in rock music at the time. Rather than record, the band toured regularly, playing concerts all across the UK, as well as in the U.S. where Beck eventually left the band to start his long and successful solo career. Now the sole lead guitarist with the band, Jimmy Page also introduced new innovations not seen before in rock music. Even though they were still touring regularly, record sales were thin, and in 1968, the lineup had evolved so far that it no longer looked like the Yardbirds. Jimmy Page wanted to continue with the now ‘heavy rock’ sound, and two young and unheard of members joined the band, Robert Plant and John Bonham, and with John Paul Jones, the four band members renamed themselves as Led Zeppelin, and the rest, as they say, is history.

So, this one band, The Yardbirds had arguably three of the best guitarists of all time as members of the band at one time or another, three guitarists who began the innovations now so commonplace in rock music as part of this one band. All three of these guitarists rank in the Top Five of the greatest guitarists of all time, all from the one band at one time or another.

Incidentally, while The Yardbirds produced a few of those three minute hit singles, that band then morphed after even more lineup changes into Led Zeppelin, also arguably one of the best rock bands of all time.

At a later date, Eric Clapton was reported to have said that Led Zeppelin ended up playing the style of music that he actually wanted to play all along.

Sometimes, Rock and Roll produces their own rock families, single artists who move from one band to another across the years as they follow the music that they want to play.

So, while The Yardbirds might seem to have been a relatively obscure band, they produced some of the finest rock and roll musicians across those years.

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