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(Military) military US an inexperienced, untrained, or clumsy soldier, esp one employed on menial duties
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n. Slang.
1. an army recruit.
2. a soldier assigned to cleaning the grounds or other menial tasks as punishment.
3. a convict; prisoner.
[1940–45, Amer.]
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Noun1.yardbird - a military recruit who is assigned menial tasks
military recruit, recruit - a recently enlisted soldier
2.yardbird - a person serving a sentence in a jail or prisonyardbird - a person serving a sentence in a jail or prison
lifer - a prisoner serving a term of life imprisonment
captive, prisoner - a person who is confined; especially a prisoner of war
trusty - a convict who is considered trustworthy and granted special privileges
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Led Zeppelin formed in London in 1968 and were formerly The New Yardbirds. Frontman Plant is a regular at Molineux where he supports Wolverhampton Wanderers and lives in Worcestershire.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- After five decades, Jimmy Page's dragon has re-emerged from its lair.Fender instruments on Wednesday gave the public its first look at its recreation of a Telecaster guitar that Page once painted with a dragon, a long-lost piece of six-string history that marked the guitar hero's last days in the Yardbirds and first days in Led Zeppelin.
He calls the axe "the Excalibur" that he wielded through the wildly eventful year of 1968, when his old band, the Yardbirds, crashed, and his new band, Led Zeppelin, was born just two months later.
Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham and John Paul Jones played for the first time together as The New Yardbirds. The name Led Zeppelin only occurred to them later after a derogatory comment by fellow musicians.Led Zeppelin are among the pioneers of hard rock, perhaps even heavy metal.
According to Guerra, shortly after "Trampling..." was released, his longtime friend, The Yardbirds' bassist extraordinaire Kenny Aaronson asked him to collaborate on some original songs for the upcoming Yardbirds studio album, scheduled to be produced by Jack Douglas later in the year.
JIM MCCARTY: WALKING IN THE WILD LAND (ANGEL AIR) Jim McCarty is still best remembered as the drummer with one of Britain's most innovative bands of the early Sixties, The Yardbirds, playing on hit singles like For Your Love, Heart Full Of Soul, Evil Hearted You, Shapes Of Things and Over Under Sideways Down.
Which pioneer of rock guitar was a member of Cream and The Yardbirds? 3.
On his current tour, the synth-pop pioneer is sharing the stage with a full orchestra to perform many of these greatest hits plus tracks from his latest album, Shadows & Reflections, which features covers of iconic 60s torch songs and orchestral pop by the likes of Burt Bacharach, The Yardbirds and Bobby Darin.
Clapton's former band The Yardbirds used to play at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, Surrey, just like the Rolling Stones.
The guitarist, who enjoyed hits with The Yardbirds and Cream before embarking on a successful solo career, posted a video tribute on Facebook to the man he called a "dear friend".
As the lead guitarist in the Yardbirds, he had inherited the mantle once worn by Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck.
Graham has written some fine songs too, penning his first Top 10 hit - The Yardbirds' 1965 smash For Your Love - as a keen 19-year-old.