John Mayall, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist
Singer ~ Songwriter ~ Multi-instrumentalist
John Mayall's Bluesbreakers

John Mayall

November 29, 1933, Macclesfield, England

An English blues singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, whose musical career spans over fifty years. In the 1960s, he was the founder of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, a band which has included Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Peter Green, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Mick Taylor, Don ‘Sugarcane’ Harris, Harvey Mandel, Larry Taylor, Aynsley Dunbar, Hughie Flint, John Hiseman, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Andy Fraser, Johnny Almond, Walter Trout, Coco Montoya and Buddy Whittington. ~ Wikipedia: John Mayall ~ retrieved July 1, 2013 © Wikipedia

Mayall's personnel has tended to overshadow his own considerable abilities. Only an adequate singer, the multi-instrumentalist was adept in bringing out the best in his younger charges (Mayall himself was in his thirties by the time the Bluesbreakers began to make a name for themselves). Doing his best to provide a context in which they could play Chicago-style electric blues, Mayall was never complacent, writing most of his own material (which ranged from good to humdrum), revamping his lineup with unnerving regularity, and constantly experimenting within his basic blues format. Some of these experiments (with jazz-rock and an album on which he played all the instruments except drums) were forgettable; others, like his foray into acoustic music in the late '60s, were quite successful. Mayall's output has caught some flak from critics for paling next to the real African-American deal, but much of his vintage work - if weeded out selectively - is quite strong. ~ Allmusic: John Mayall ~ retrieved July 1, 2013 © Allmusic

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John Mayall's Blues Breakers ~ The Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton (1966) ~ Ranked #195 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ The band expertly covers Robert Johnson and Freddie King, and blows up Ray Charles' What'd I Say with a long drum solo that predicts Cream. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

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