Paul Samwell-Smith

Cradling an Epiphone Rivoli, his inventive and most aggressive bass-lines  along with his equally fiery ensemble profoundly  inspired generations of rockers including Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, and the original Alice Cooper band to cite a very select few. 

As a founding member of The Yardbirds, Paul Samwell-Smith brilliantly anchored such timeless classics as "For Your Love," "Over Under, Sideways, Down," and "Heart Full of Soul" among others, which were a mesmerizing meld ofblues, pop, and psychedelic rock.  

After Paul split from the group in 1966 - surrendering the bass chair to Jimmy Page -  he forged a rather admirable career as a producer, guiding such artists as Renaissance, Cat Stevens (Mona Bone Jakon, Tea for the Tillerman, Teaser & the Firecat,  Catch Bull at Four, Buddah & The Chocolate Box), Carly Simon (Anticipation),  Chris De Burgh, and Murray Head, among others, on several of their finest recorded works.