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The Yardbirds

Known as the starting band for three of the greatest British guitarists in rock and roll history, The Yardbirds launched the careers of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. Established in London, England in 1963, the group released a string of chart-topping hits throughout the 1960s including "For Your Love," "Heart Full of Soul," "Shapes of Things," and "Over Under Sideways Down." Their earlier sound was characterized by blues-based melodies including "rave-up" instrumental breaks, with the band later venturing into pop and eventually pioneering the psychedelic rock genre. Many historians and rock critics have credited The Yardbirds with heavily influencing, if not inventing, "the birth of psychedelic music" as well as setting the standard for punk rock, prog rock, and heavy metal amongst other genres. The Yardbirds were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.

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