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Top Topham

An Enlish Rock Guitarist.

Anthony "Top" Topham and his friend at secondary school,vocalist/harmonica player Keith Relf, visited the Railway Hotel in Norbiton.

The hotel's entertainment featured "trad" jazz music in the uptairs lounge, and allowed budding musicians to play during the breaks.

There, they met drummer Jim McCarty, rhythm guitarist Chris Dreja, bassist Paul Samwell-Smith, and they decided to form a group called the Yardbirds. Two weeks later they played their first gig at the Eel Pie Island.

Top faced parental disapproval coupled with the anxiety of abandoning his art studies.

He couldn't devote himself to the Yardbirds full-time, and thus he had to leave. His replacement was a fellow art student from the same secondary school, Eric Clapton.

Bands he was associated with include,

Blue Horizon
The Yardbirds
Topham-McCarty Band

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