Music legend dead – tributes pour in for star

FOUNDING guitarist of The Yardbirds Anthony “Top” Topham has died at the age of 75 after a battle with dementia.

His death comes two weeks after that of his Yardbird successor Jeff Beck from bacterial meningitis.

Topham helped form the pioneering rhythm and blues band in London in May 1963.

He left before The Yardbird’s commercial breakthrough and was succeeded as lead guitarist by Eric Clapton, then Beck and finally Jimmy Page.

After joining the Subud spiritual movement, the blues guitarist later adopted the name Sanderson Rasjid.

He died on Monday after a battle with dementia.

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