There’s no doubt that the Kansas guitarist influenced a generation of up-and-coming guitar players. So, which albums changed Rich Williams’ life?
The list of names is impressive to say the least. From Eric Clapton to Jack Bruce to Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood to Free’s Andy Fraser — all, at one time or another, worked with British blues-rock legend John Mayall and his Bluesbreakers.
The Yardbirds’ career was now barreling along, but guitarist Eric Clapton wasn’t happy with the non-stop manic enthusiasm of the band’s stage act. "Slowhand" itched to return to the basics of blues.
The Yardbirds’ following was growing as word spread among fans. No matter where they played, their devoted audience would follow — and the audience brought their own excitement.
After "Slowhand" joins the band, creative differences between the guitar god and other members surface.