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Jeff Beck’s Yardbirds predecessor Anthony ‘Top’ Topham dies weeks after musician

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    Anthony "Top" Topham, the original guitarist of English rock band The Yardbirds, has died aged 75.

    The late musician was in the iconic band with Keith Relf, Paul Samwell-Smith, Chris Dreja and Jim McCarty in the 1960s.

    Confirming his passing, a statement from Anthony's representative reads: "Sanderson Rasjid, born Anthony ‘Top’ Topham, passed away peacefully on Monday January 23 surrounded by his family.

    “Born in London on July 3 1947, he was 75 years old and had been fighting dementia in his final years.”

    Anthony took on the name of Sanderson Rasjid after he joined the Subud spiritual movement.

    It was May 1963 that Anthony joined The Yardbirds, before he decided to leave that same year in October, with the guitarist soon getting replaced.

    Anthony was replaced by Eric Clapton, who remained in the group until 1965 when he quit and was replaced by the late Jeff Beck.

    The original guitarist, Anthony's death comes two weeks after his Yardbirds successor, Jeff, died from bacterial meningitis.

    It was confirmed on January 11 that Jeff Beck has died after "suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis".

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