Chris Dreja might be the least well-known of the Yardbirds, as he wasn't one of their lead guitarists, lead singers, or more prominent songwriters. There were no unimportant members of the Yardbirds, however, and as rhythm guitarist, Dreja did his share to propel their intense fusion of blues, rock, and experimental psychedelia in the mid-'60s. Additionally, Dreja, along with early bandmember Anthony "Top" Topham, played as essential role in the band ever getting together in the form in which it's known today. He was born in Surbiton, west of London, in 1945, and was raised in nearby Kingston. He reached his teens amid the first full flowering of the rock & roll boom in England. He liked rock & roll and he also enjoyed blues and R&B, but that might not have come to much if it hadn't been for his brother Stefan -- Stefan Dreja chanced to be attending the same pre-college art program as another student (and aspiring guitarist) named Top Topham, who liked the blues. It was Stefan Dreja who introduced Topham to Chris Dreja, and the two became friends almost immediately.