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"Happenings Ten Years Time Ago" was the first single by the British rock band The Yardbirds to feature future Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page in the band. Page had recently replaced the original bassist for The Yardbirds, Paul Samwell-Smith. "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago" was also the first of three recordings pairing Page with encumbent lead guitarist Jeff Beck. John Paul Jones played session bass on the song, he would later play on the song "Beck's Bolero" with both Beck and Page and would eventually join Led Zeppelin with Page.

The U.S. picture sleeve, featuring Beck and Page in the photo, only coincides with the A-side of the U.S. single. Its B-side, "The Nazz Are Blue", features the pre-Page lineup with Paul Samwell-Smith as well as a rare lead vocal by Beck.

There had been a few errors previously made in U.S. distribution of Yardbirds material, most notably the picture sleeves for the "I Wish You Would" and "Heart Full Of Soul" singles. Another goof was made when the same photo erroneously used for the latter single (featuring Eric Clapton) was printed on the front of the "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago" sheet music.

"Happenings Ten Years Time Ago" was voted number 3 in Record Collector’s "100 Greatest Psychedelic Records".

This song was covered by Todd Rundgren in 1976 on his album Faithful.

Personnel

Happenings Ten Years Time Ago

Psycho Daisies

  • Jeff Beck - vocals, lead guitar
  • Jimmy Page - bass
  • Chris Dreja - rhythm guitar
  • Jim McCarty - drums

The Nazz Are Blue

  • Jeff Beck - lead vocals, lead guitar
  • Paul Samwell-Smith - bass
  • Chris Dreja - rhythm guitar
  • Jim McCarty - drums




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