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John Mayall
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John Mayall performing in 2004
Background information
Born 29 November 1933 (1933-11-29) (age 86)
Macclesfield, England
Genres Blues rock
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • producer
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • keyboards
  • harmonica
Years active 1956–present
Labels
  • Decca
  • London
  • DJM
  • ABC
  • Eagle
  • Snapper
  • One-Way Records
  • Polydor
  • Silvertone
  • GNP Crescendo
Associated acts
  • John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers
  • Canned Heat
  • Cream
  • Fleetwood Mac
  • Keef Hartley Band
  • Mark-Almond
  • Pure Food and Drug Act

John Mayall, OBE (born 29 November 1933) is an English blues singer, guitarist, organist and songwriter, whose musical career spans over fifty years. In the 1960s, he was the founder of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, a band which has counted among its members some of the most famous blues and blues rock musicians. They include Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jack Bruce, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Mick Taylor, Don "Sugarcane" Harris, Harvey Mandel, Larry Taylor, Aynsley Dunbar, Hughie Flint, Jon Hiseman, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Andy Fraser, Johnny Almond, Walter Trout, Coco Montoya, Kal David, and Buddy Whittington.

Biography

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John Mayall with Band (Greg Rzab and Jay Davenport) (2017)

Born in Macclesfield, Cheshire in 1933, Mayall was the son of Murray Mayall, a guitarist and jazz music enthusiast. From an early age, John was drawn to the sounds of American blues players such as Lead Belly, Albert Ammons, Pinetop Smith and Eddie Lang, and taught himself to play the piano, guitars, and harmonica.

Mayall spent three years in Korea for national service and, during a period of leave, he bought his first electric guitar. Back in England, he enrolled at Manchester College of Art (now part of Manchester Metropolitan University) and started playing with semi-professional bands. After graduation, he obtained a job as an art designer but continued to play with local musicians. In 1963, he opted for a full-time musical career and moved to London. His previous craft would be put to good use in the designing of covers for many of his coming albums.

Since the end of the 1960s Mayall has lived in the US. A brush fire destroyed his house in Laurel Canyon in 1979, seriously damaging his musical collections and archives.

Mayall has been married twice, and has six grandchildren. His second wife, Maggie Mayall, is an American blues performer, and since the early 1980s took part in the management of her husband's career. The pair divorced in 2011 and Maggie wrote online about the experience.

In 2005 Mayall was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Honours List.

Discography

Original John Mayall albums

John Mayall and Buddy Guy for my dad. (1172379664)
John Mayall handprints
  • 1965: John Mayall Plays John Mayall (Decca) [live, December 1964]
  • 1966: Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton (Decca) UK No. 6
  • 1967: A Hard Road (Decca) UK No. 10 (with Peter Green)
  • 1967: John Mayall's Bluesbreakers with Paul Butterfield (Decca) EP April 1967
  • 1967: The Blues Alone (Ace of Clubs) UK No. 24
  • 1967: Crusade (Decca) UK No. 8 (with Mick Taylor)
  • 1968: The Diary of A Band – Vol One (Decca) [live club recordings 1967] UK No. 27
  • 1968: The Diary of A Band – Vol Two (Decca) [live club recordings 1967] UK No. 28
  • 1968: Bare Wires (Decca) UK No. 3
  • 1968: Blues from Laurel Canyon (Decca) UK No. 33
  • 1969: Looking Back (Decca) compilation [1964–1968]
  • 1969: The Turning Point (Polydor) [live] UK No. 11
  • 1970: Empty Rooms (Polydor) [July–October 1969] UK No. 9
  • 1970: USA Union (Polydor) UK No. 50
  • 1970: The World of John Mayall, Vol. 1 (Decca) UK compilation
John Mayall 1970
John Mayall 1970
  • 1971: Back to the Roots (Polydor, 2LP) UK No. 31
  • 1971: Memories (Polydor) UK
  • 1971: The World of John Mayall, Vol. 2 (Decca) UK compilation
  • 1971: Thru the Years (Decca) UK compilation [1964–1968]
  • 1972: Down The Line (London, 2LP) compilation [1964–1968] second album in this set was the first official release of John Mayall Plays John Mayall in the USA
  • 1972: Jazz Blues Fusion (Polydor) [live, US, November–December 1971]
  • 1973: Moving On (Polydor) [studio + live, US, July 1972]
  • 1973: Ten Years Are Gone (Polydor, 2LP; then 2CD reissue in 2008) [studio + live, New York, 1972]
  • 1974: The Latest Edition (Polydor)
  • 1975: New Year, New Band, New Company (Blue Thumb/ABC – One Way)
  • 1976: Notice To Appear (ABC – One Way)
  • 1976: A Banquet In Blues (ABC – One Way)
  • 1977: Lots of People (ABC – One Way) [live, Los Angeles, November 1976]
  • 1977: A Hard Core Package (ABC – One Way)
  • 1977: Primal Solos (Decca) [live, UK, 1965 and 1968]
  • 1978: The Last of The British Blues (ABC – One Way) [live, US]
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John Mayall 2007
  • 1979: Bottom Line (DJM)
  • 1979: No More Interviews (DJM)
  • 1980: Road Show Blues (DJM), reissues:
    • 1982: Roadshow Blues Band (Accord, US)
    • 1993: Gold (Gold, Netherlands)
    • 1995: Why Worry (Success)
    • 1997: [Blues Breaker]
    • 1998: The Adventures of John Mayall
    • 2000: Lost And Gone
    • 2001: Reaching For The Blues
    • 2006: Godfather of The Blues
    • 2007: A Big Man (Pulsar)
    • 2013: Big Man Blues (Music Avenue)
  • 1985: Return of The Bluesbreakers (AIM [Australia]) [1981 and 1982]
  • 1985: Behind The Iron Curtain (GNP Crescendo) [live, Hungary], reissue:
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John Mayall (left) and Duster Bennett backstage during their 1970 US tour
    • 1988: Live In Concert (Polskie Nagrania Muza)
    • 2004: Steppin' Out
  • 1988: Chicago Line (Entente – Island), reissues:
    • 1994: Uncle John's Nickel Guitar (Dog 'N' Roll)
    • 1999: Blues Power (Recall, with live bonus CD: Life In The Jungle – Charly Blues Masterworks, Vol.4 [that was originally released in 1996])
    • 2000: Blue For You (Dressed To Kill)
    • 2000: Blues Breaker (Neon, with two live bonus tracks)
  • 1988: The Power of The Blues (Entente) [live, Germany, 1987], reissues:
    • 1992: British Blues (Editions Atlas)
    • 1993: New Bluesbreakers (The Blues Collection #008) (Orbis)
    • 2003: Blues Forever (Fuel)
  • 1988: Archives To Eighties (Polydor) [<-1971]
  • 1990: A Sense of Place (Island)
  • 1992: Cross Country Blues (One Way) [1981 and 1984]
  • 1993: Wake Up Call (Silvertone) UK No. 61
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John Mayall 2007
  • 1994: The 1982 Reunion Concert (One Way) [live, US]
  • 1995: Spinning Coin (Silvertone)
  • 1997: Blues For The Lost Days (Silvertone)
  • 1999: Padlock On The Blues (Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra; then Eagle in 2002) -with John Lee Hooker
  • 1999: Rock The Blues Tonight (Indigo, 2CD) [live, Canada, 1970 and 1971]
  • 1999: Live at The Marquee 1969 (Spitfire; then Eagle in 2002) [live, London]
  • 1999: The Masters (Spitfire, 2CD; then Eagle in 2002) [live, UK, 1969]
  • 1999: Live: 1969 (Eagle, 2CD), reissue:
    • 2004: The Turning Point Soundtrack
  • 2000: Reaching For The Blues '79–'81 (Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra)
  • 2001: Along For The Ride (Eagle/Red Ink)
  • 2002: Stories (Eagle/Red Ink)
  • 2003: Rolling With The Blues: John Mayall Live...The Second Decade 1972-1982 (Secret-Shakedown, 2CD + interview DVD; then Recall in 2005) [live, Germany, 1972–1973, USA, 1980–1982, and Italy, 1982], reissue:
    • 2006: The Private Collection (Snapper, 2CD)
  • 2003: 70th Birthday Concert (Eagle, 2CD) [live, Liverpool]
  • 2005: Road Dogs (Eagle)
  • 2007: Live at The BBC (Decca) [1965–1967, and 1975]
  • 2007: In The Palace of The King (Eagle)
  • 2007: Live from Austin, Tx (New West) [1993]
  • 2008: Dreaming About The Blues (Blues Boulevard, 2CD) -note: reissues of both Chicago Line and The Power of The Blues
  • 2009: Tough (Eagle)
  • 2011: In The Shadow of Legends (Blues Boulevard) [live, New Jersey, 1982] -note: same material as Blues Alive/Jammin' With The Blues Greats DVD
  • 2014: A Special Life (Forty Below) -note: producer Eric Corne's label
  • 2015: Blues Alive NYC 1976 (Rockbeat) [live, October 1976]
  • 2015: Live In 1967 (Forty Below, London clubs)
  • 2015: Find A Way To Care (Forty Below)
  • 2016: Live In 1967, Volume 2 (Forty Below, London clubs)
  • 2017: Talk About That (Forty Below, recorded Fall 2016)

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