Eric Clapton left The Yardbirds

On 13th March 1965, after the Yardbirds had their first major hit, "For Your Love" earlier in the month, on which he played guitar, Eric Clapton left the band. Indeed the band elected to move toward a pop-oriented sound, in part because of the success of "For Your Love". Still musically devoted to the blues, Clapton was opposed to the move, and left the band. He recommended fellow guitarist Jimmy Page as his replacement, but Page declined out of loyalty to Clapton, putting Jeff Beck forward. While Beck and Page played together in the Yardbirds, the trio of Beck, Page, and Clapton were never in the group together. 

Artwork by Christian Chapman

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