Original Yardbirds Guitarist Anthony Top Topham dies

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Anthony “Top” Topham, founding guitarist of The Yardbirds has died at the age of 75 after a battle with dementia. The musician, who later adopted the name Sanderson Rasjid after joining the Subud spiritual movement, helped form the pioneering rhythm and blues band in London in May 1963.

The news was confirmed by the musician’s representatives.

A statement from Topham’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.”

His death comes two weeks after that of fellow Yardbird Beck from bacterial meningitis.

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