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Keith Relf


Even though Yardbirds will forever be associated first of all making use of their extraordinary roster of guitarists throughout their career (Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Web page), singer Keith Relf was an intrinsic ingredient from the band’s sound. Given birth to March 22, 1943, in Richmond, Britain, Relf (plus a entire legion of additional British teenaged music artists) re-discovered such blues experts as Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf through the early ’60s, resulting in Relf developing the Yardbirds alongside mainstays Chris Dreja (acoustic guitar), Jim McCarty (drums), and Paul Samwell Smith (bass) in 1963. The group began like a blues-based clothing, but because the years advanced, pop, psychedelia, and hard rock and roll was worked to their sound, because the group welcomed in these all-star guitarists to their rates one after another. The Yardbirds had been responsible for a number of the United kingdom Invasion’s greatest albums (1965’s traditional Developing a Rave Up With…) and music (“WOMAN Like,” “Forms of Factors,” “Teach Kept A Rollin’,” etc.). But with the past due ’60s, the Yardbirds acquired split, with all three of the former guitarists attaining greater achievement and fortune soon after. Relf continued to create Renaissance, whose lush prog/artwork rock tendencies had been very different stylistically than his prior band, showing up on many albums before departing the group. Relf after that joined the short supergroup Armageddon, which also highlighted former associates of Steamhammer as well as the Johnny Wintertime Group, because the group just issued an individual self-titled record in 1975. ON, MAY 14, 1976, Relf passed away from a freak incident, when he unintentionally electrocuted himself in his cellar while playing electric guitar. Keith Relf’s vocal design could be discovered in numerous following hard rock and roll/blues-rock vocalists, including Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and AC/DC’s Bon Scott, amongst others.

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Full Name Keith Relf
Died May 14, 1976, London, United Kingdom
Profession Singer, Music Producer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Nationality English, British
Spouse April Liversidge
Children Danny Relf, Jason Relf
Siblings Jane Relf
Music Groups The Yardbirds, Renaissance, Armageddon
Music Songs For Your Love, Train Kept A-Rollin', Heart Full of Soul, Over Under Sideways Down, Mr. Zero, Still I'm Sad, I'm a Man, I'm Not Talking, Happenings Ten Years Time Ago, Jeff's Boogie, Stroll On, Turn Into Earth, Evil Hearted You, Shapes in My Mind, The Nazz Are Blue, Smokestack Lightning, A Certain Girl, New York City Blues, Shining Where the Sun Has Been, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor, Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, Mr. You Are a Better Man Than I, I Ain't Got You, Too Much Monkey Business, Goodnight Sweet Josephine, I Wish You Would, Take It Easy Baby, Putty, Silver Tightrope, Lost Woman, Kings & Queens, Rack My Mind
Albums Renaissance, Little Games, The Yardbirds Greatest Hits, Roger the Engineer, Having a Rave Up with The Yardbirds, For Your Love, Five Live Yardbirds, Sonny Boy Williamson and the Yardbirds
Nominations NME Award for British Male Singer, NME Award for New Disc Singer

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Observe and Report 2009 writer: "Over Under Sideways Down"
Honest 2000 writer: "Turn into Earth"
Blow-Up 1966 writer: "Stroll On"



Beat-Club 1968-1970 TV Series
Beat! Beat! Beat! 1967 TV Series Himself, Singer with The Yardbirds
Ready, Steady, Go! 1964-1966 TV Series Himself
Blow-Up 1966 Himself - The Yardbirds (uncredited)
A Whole Scene Going 1966 TV Series Himself
New Musical Express Poll Winners' Concert 1966 TV Movie documentary Himself (as The Yardbirds)
Thank Your Lucky Stars 1964-1966 TV Series Himself

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George Harrison: Living in the Material World 2011 Documentary Himself
Yardbirds 1992 Documentary Himself

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