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To be inducted into this august body is a mark of the ultimate respect in which peers hold a musician. The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and Museum explains: "it exists to collect, preserve and interpret the impact rock has made on our world." That members of The Yardbirds have received this accolade, speaks for itself about their contributions.
Eric Clapton’s entry reads: "With his induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame as a solo artist on 6 March 2000, he became the first musician to have been inducted three times. He was first honored as a member of The Yardbirds in 1992, then with Cream in 1993, and finally as a solo artist in 2000.
"While his stints with the groups were relatively brief, he has brought his singing and songwriting to the fore while maintaining his stature as rock’s preeminent guitarist. Demonstrating a remarkable resilience, Clapton has managed to establish himself as a vital, hit-making presence in every decade."
During Jimmy Page and Led Zeppelin’s 1995 induction, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry said, "It was pure chemistry, kind of like Howlin’ Wolf meets the Loch Ness Monster." Calling Page "the riff-master," Perry went on to say he himself had learned a lot from Jimmy Page.
In 2009 it was the turn of Jeff Beck to be inducted. Tributes included: "Beck is a whiz at wresting precision-tooled melodies and explosive atmospherics from the guitar, combining awesome fretboard technique with mastery of effects and pedals."
Writer Gene Santoro was quoted as hailing "his strong vibrato, his fierce attack and fat tone, his acute microtonal sense of pitch when he bends or slides into a note, his sophisticated sense of melodic and rhythmic playing, his ability to wring painfully true notes from up by the guitar’s pickups, his continuing use of the electric guitar to generate textures as well as notes."