Concert Details

21 February 1964 – Sonny Boy Williamson & The Yardbirds


National Jazz Foundation Presents A Cyril Davies Benefit Concert


Venue: Fairfield Halls

City: Croydon, Surrey

Country: United Kingdom

Band Lineup:

Sonny Boy Williamson – Vocals / Harmonica
Eric Clapton – Lead Guitar
Keith Relf – Vocals / Harmonica
Chris Dreja – Rhythm Guitar
Paul Samwell-Smith – Bass
Jim McCarty – Drums

Show Notes:

The Yardbirds take part in a multi-act benefit to raise funds for Cyril Davies’ family after his death. Cyril died on 7 January 1964 at age 31. The event was presented by the National Jazz Federation. Other acts were Ottilie Patterson, Chris Barber’s Jazz Band, Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated, Colin Kingwell’s Jazz Bandits and Alex Harvey and His Soul Band.

The Yardbirds backed Sonny Boy Williamson on a series of 12 gigs between 7 December 1963 and 13 March 1964. The Yardbirds would play a solo set, followed by the set with the American blues musician. Both sets on 8 December 1963 were recorded and released. Their set with Sonny Boy Williamson on 28 February 1964 was also recorded and released. The Yardbirds solo set was not captured that night due to technical difficulties.

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