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Good morning and happy TGI music history Friday! On this day in 1966 The Yardbirds made their U.S. debut deplaning in New York for their first two American gigs. Both Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck came along for the adventure as lead guitarists, however, Beck quit after just two performances. With an all-star line-up that included Beck and Page as well as Eric Clapton the Yardbirds helped to establish many electric guitar innovations in the mid-1960s. The band was known for their use of feedback, “fuzztone”distortion as well as improved amplification. In one write up in Spinner, Pat Pemberton holds that the Yardbirds were “the most impressive guitar band in rock music”. The Yardbirds were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and were included in Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. When the band split in 1968, Jimmy Page went on to found none other than Led Zeppelin. The band reformed in 1990 with rhythm guitarist/bassist Chris Dreja and drummer Jim McCarty and new members.
In 1973, David Bowie released his album Pin Ups, an album covering his favorite tracks. It was his last studio album with the bulk of his backing band, ‘The Spiders from Mars’, from his Ziggy Stardust phase. Drummer Mick Woodmansey was replaced by Aynsley Dunbar. The album entered the UK chart on November 3, 1973 and stayed there for twenty one weeks, peaking at number one. Supermodel Twiggy posed with Bowie for the cover of the album.
Finally, original singer and guitarist for The Doobie Brothers, Patrick Simmons celebrates his birthday today. In 1983, Simmons released his first solo album, Arcade, gaining him his only top 40 hit “So Wrong” which peaked at number thirty on the Billboard Hot 100. He turns 64 today.