List of the Yardbirds members

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The membership of the Yardbirds has seen several lineup changes ever since the English rock band formed in the 1960s.

Members[edit]

  • Jim McCarty – drums, backing vocals (1963–1968, 1982–1983, 1992–2014)
  • Anthony "Top" Topham – lead/rhythm guitar (1963, 2013–2014)
  • Ben King – lead guitar (2005–2014)
  • David Smale – bass, backing vocals (2009–2014)
  • Andy Mitchell – lead vocals, harmonica, acoustic guitar (2009–2014)
  • Keith Relf – lead vocals, harmonica (1963–1968; died 1976)
  • Chris Dreja – rhythm guitar, bass, percussion (1963–1968, 1982–1983, 1992–2013)
  • Paul Samwell-Smith – bass, backing vocals (1963–1966, 1983)
  • Eric Clapton – lead guitar (1963–1965)
  • Jeff Beck – lead guitar (1965–1966)
  • Jimmy Page – lead guitar, bass (1966–1968)
  • John Knightsbridge – lead guitar, backing vocals (1982–1983)
  • Mark Feltham – lead vocals, harmonica (1982–1983)
  • Joe Allanson – bass (1982)
  • Rod Demick – bass, harmonica, backing vocals (1992–1993)
  • John Idan – lead vocals, bass, lead guitar (1992–2009)
  • Ray Majors – lead guitar, backing vocals (1994–1995)
  • Laurie Garman – harmonica (1994–1996)
  • Gypie Mayo – lead guitar, backing vocals (1995–2005)
  • Alan Glen – harmonica, percussion (1996–2003, 2008–2009)
  • Billy Boy Miskimmin – harmonica, percussion (2003–2008)
  • Jerry Donahue – lead guitar (2004–2005)

1963–1968[edit]

Original lineup
(Late May 1963 – October 1963)
Clapton replaces Topham
(October 1963 – February 1965)
  • Keith Relf – lead vocals, harmonica
  • Eric Clapton – lead guitar
  • Chris Dreja – rhythm guitar
  • Paul Samwell-Smith – bass, backing vocals
  • Jim McCarty – drums, backing vocals
Beck replaces Clapton
(March 1965 – June 1966)
  • Keith Relf – lead vocals, harmonica
  • Jeff Beck – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Chris Dreja – rhythm guitar
  • Paul Samwell-Smith – bass, backing vocals
  • Jim McCarty – drums, backing vocals, percussion
Page replaces Samwell-Smith
(June – September 1966)
  • Keith Relf – lead vocals, harmonica
  • Jeff Beck – lead guitar
  • Chris Dreja – rhythm guitar, bass
  • Jimmy Page – bass, guitar
  • Jim McCarty – drums, backing vocals, percussion
Beck is fired
(November 1966 – July 1968)
  • Keith Relf – lead vocals, harmonica
  • Jimmy Page – guitar
  • Chris Dreja – bass
  • Jim McCarty – drums, backing vocals, percussion
New Yardbirds
(September – October 1968)
become Led Zeppelin *
  • NOTE: Led Zeppelin, while deriving from the final lineup during the original tenure of "The Yardbirds" is considered a completely different group from the "Yardbirds" dominated by Chris Dreja and Jim McCarty. However, this article views Led Zeppelin as a continuation, in sorts, of The Yardbirds, due to their billing as "The New Yardbirds" for a few live dates during the late 1960s.

1982–1983[edit]

First reunion including original members
(1982)
  • Mark Feltham – lead vocals, harmonica
  • John Knightsbridge – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Chris Dreja – rhythm guitar
  • Joe Allanson – bass
  • Jim McCarty – drums, vocals
Samwelll-Smith rejoins reformed group
(1983)
  • Mark Feltham – lead vocals, harmonica
  • John Knightsbridge – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Chris Dreja – rhythm guitar
  • Paul Samwell-Smith – bass
  • Jim McCarty – drums, vocals

1992–present[edit]

First lineup of reformed group
(1992)
  • Chris Dreja – guitar
  • Rod Demick – bass, harmonica
  • Jim McCarty – drums, vocals
Idan Joins
(1992–1993)
  • John Idan – lead guitar, lead vocals
  • Chris Dreja – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Rod Demick – bass, harmonica, backing vocals
  • Jim McCarty – drums, backing vocals
Idan replaces Demick, Garman and Majors join
(1994–1995)
  • Ray Majors – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Chris Dreja – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • John Idan – bass, lead vocals
  • Laurie Garman – harmonica
  • Jim McCarty – drums, backing vocals
Mayo replaces Majors
(1995–1996)
  • Gypie Mayo – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Chris Dreja – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • John Idan – bass, lead vocals
  • Laurie Garman – harmonica
  • Jim McCarty – drums, backing vocals
Glen replaces Garman
(1996–2003)
  • Gypie Mayo – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Chris Dreja – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • John Idan – bass, lead vocals
  • Alan Glen – harmonica, percussion
  • Jim McCarty – drums, backing vocals
Miskimmin replaces Glen
(2003–2004)
  • Gypie Mayo – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Chris Dreja – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • John Idan – bass, lead vocals
  • Billy Boy Miskimmin – harmonica, percussion
  • Jim McCarty – drums, backing vocals
Donahue replaces Mayo
(2004–2005)
  • Jerry Donahue – lead guitar
  • Chris Dreja – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • John Idan – bass, lead vocals
  • Billy Boy Miskimmin – harmonica, percussion
  • Jim McCarty – drums, backing vocals
King replaces Donahue
(2005–2008)
  • Ben King – lead guitar
  • Chris Dreja – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • John Idan – bass, lead vocals
  • Billy Boy Miskimmin – harmonica, percussion
  • Jim McCarty – drums, backing vocals
Glen returns to the band
(2008–2009)
  • Ben King – lead guitar
  • Chris Dreja – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • John Idan – bass, lead vocals
  • Alan Glen – harmonica, percussion
  • Jim McCarty – drums, backing vocals
Idan and Glen leave the band
(2009–2013)
  • Andy Mitchell- lead vocals, harmonica
  • Ben King – lead guitar
  • Chris Dreja – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • David Smale- bass guitar
  • Jim McCarty – drums, backing vocals
Topham replaces Dreja
(2013–2014)
  • Andy Mitchell- lead vocals, harmonica
  • Ben King – lead guitar
  • Anthony "Top" Topham – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • David Smale- bass guitar
  • Jim McCarty – drums, backing vocals

Yardbirds/New Yardbirds/Led Zeppelin Timeline[edit]