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This is the first of the 3 clips (in HD) from the “Bouton Rouge” French TV show hosted by Pierre Lattès on 9th March 1968.

This is the second of the three clips (in HD) from the “Bouton Rouge” French TV show hosted by Pierre Lattès on 9th March 1968.

This is the last of the three clips from the “Bouton Rouge” French TV show hosted by Pierre Lattès on 9th March 1968.

The Yardbirds were an English rock band that had a string of hits in the mid-1960s, including “For Your Love”, “Over Under Sideways Down” and “Heart Full of Soul”. The group is notable for having started the careers of three of rock’s most famous guitarists: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, all of whom are in the top five of Rolling Stone’s 100 Top Guitarists list. They are a blues-based band that broadened its range into pop and rock, the Yardbirds had a hand in many electric guitar innovations of the mid-1960s, such as feedback, “fuzztone” distortion and improved amplification. Pat Pemberton, writing for Spinner, holds that the Yardbirds were “the most impressive guitar band in rock music”.After the Yardbirds broke up in 1968, their lead guitarist Jimmy Page founded what would become Led Zeppelin.

The bulk of the band’s most successful self-written songs came from bassist/producer Paul Samwell-Smith who, with singer/harmonica player Keith Relf, drummer Jim McCarty and rhythm guitarist/bassist Chris Dreja, constituted the core of the group. The band reformed in the 1990s, featuring McCarty, Dreja and new members. The Yardbirds were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.