Before there was Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton, there was Top Topham. The original guitarist in one of the most famous, guitar-hero filled bands in rock history, Topham was the guitarist who started it all. Though his tenure with the band was short lived, being only 15 years old at the time his parents had issues with his late nights spent jamming in clubs, his influence can still be felt to this day. A blues lover at heart, in the same vein as Eric Clapton was when he was with the band, Topham has continued to record and perform stellar blues-inspired music after leaving The Yardbirds back in 1963.

A true Renaissance man, Topham is also a highly successful painter, and experience interior decorator, alongside his envious resume as a guitarist and recording artist. Though most people who left a band like the Yardbirds before they were famous would be haunted by the question, “What might have been?” Topham has instead focused his creative energy into his art, creating a musical legacy that will live on for generations to come.

Read the interview with Matt Warnock of Guitar International here