Today's piece of Lost Jewelry from the Vaults at Oldiez 93 for Tuesday, November 25th, 2014 comes from The Yardbirds!
On April 9th, 1966, "Shapes Of Things" entered Billboard's Top 40 and shaped its way to #11, spending eight weeks in the chart.
The Yardbirds, from Surrey, England, originally consisted of Keith Relf, Anthony "Top" Topham, Chris Dreja, Paul "Sam" Samwell-Smith and Jim McCarty. Topham was replaced in 1963 by Eric Clapton, who in turn was replaced by Jeff Beck in 1965. Samwell-Smith left in 1966; Dreja switched to bass and Jimmy Page was added. Beck left in December, 1966.
The goup disbanded in 1968. Page formed the New Yardbirds in 1968, which evolved into Led Zeppelin.
The Yardbirds placed six songs in the Top 40 between 1965 and 1966.