If it were not for Wikipedia, this series could never be as my memory of various concerts over the years is far from perfect or accurate. While trawling Wikipedia recently I dicsovered that I had, in fact, heard Eric Clapton live, yet I had never understood the significance at the time.
The year was late 1964, my first year at Southampton University. Chamberlain Hall, where I lived for the first "freshman" year, had a big annual dance event and the Yardbirds were booked as the main act. Like so many bands at the time, their fame materialized while they were playing these pre-booked gigs, so we got to see a "famous" band more than once as they were in the process of writing their own histories.
The line up at the time was:
Keith Relf - lead vocals, harmonica
Eric Clapton - lead guitar
Chris Dreja - rhythm guitar
Paul Samwell-Smith - bass, backing vocals
Jim McCarty - drums, backing vocal
I seriously remember very little about their session. As one of the first "big" bands I witnessed, I was obviously impressed at the time but there is nothing special coming through the memory banks. Such was not the case a year or so later when The Who came to the Students Union.
Next up - 2 - Long John Baldry and the Hoochie Coochie Men with Rod Stewart