The Yardbirds were an English rock band formed in the 1960’s, whose beginning as a blues-based band later broadened to rock and roll. Their famous “fuzztone” sound helped lay the groundwork for psychedelic and garage rock. More importantly, the band was the starting point for some of the three of the greatest British rock guitarists ever: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page.
This song in particular, “For Your Love,” was not only one their most popular on the charts, but it was also partly responsible for the launch of Clapton’s, Beck’s and Page’s separate careers. The song was recorded in the band’s early lineup that included Eric Clapton, but he hated the song, wanting the Yardbirds to stick to their blues-esque sound. Shortly after recording it, he called it quits. Eric Clapton’s position in the band was offered to Jimmy Page, who declined, but recommended Jeff Beck who accepted. Beck joined the band for a short stint, and years later, Jimmy Page joined to play bass. Though they all went on to much bigger careers, this one song created huge ripples that shaped the rest of their careers.