For Your Love – The Yardbirds

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………………..on March 25th of 1965 The Yardbirds release “For Your Love”, which will reach #3 in the UK and #6 in the US. Organist Brian Auger was hired to play keyboards on the track, but when he arrived at the recording studio there was no organ, or even a piano there. All that could be found was a two-tiered harpsichord on which Auger improvised the now familiar intro. After the session he wondered, “Who in their right mind is going to buy a Pop single with harpsichord on it.” Written by Graham Gouldman, who was the bass player for the group 10cc.  who also wrote “Heart Full Of Soul” for the Yardbirds. Gouldman was inspired by the Animals “The House Of The Rising Sun.” The Yardbirds wrote many of their own songs as a group, but had some of their biggest hits with the ones Gouldman wrote. The Yardbirds didn’t have a lot of hits, but were one of the most influential and original bands of the ’60, and an easy pick for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which they entered in 1992. This almost didn’t get recorded by The Yardbirds. Gouldman wrote it for his own group at the time, the Mockingbirds, but their demo was turned down by Columbia. Also it is believed that producer Mickie Most turned it down on behalf of Herman’s Hermits and that the Animals also turned it down. The song found its way to The Yardbirds after their manager ran into the fledgling songwriter Gouldman when they were opening for The Beatles at a 1964 Christmas show. Gouldman loved how The Yardbirds would change tempo in the middle of a song, which is how he wrote “For Your Love.” This song prompted Eric Clapton to leave The Yardbirds, since he felt their music was becoming too commercial. He was replaced by Jeff Beck, who was later replaced by Jimmy Page. Clapton joined John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and would later be a member of Cream and Derek and the Dominos. One of the contributing factors to Eric Clapton’s departure was, while performing the song live, his having to recreate the song’s harpsichord on a 12-string guitar.