John Mayall

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About John Mayall

A bandleader and recording artist since 1965, John Mayall, OBE is the godfather of the British blues. His bands were a finishing school for iconic musicians like Eric Clapton, Peter Green, and Mick Fleetwood. Five of Mayall's first seven albums placed inside the British Top Ten, including 1966's Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton and Turning Point. After emigrating to the U.S., his '70s output showcased veteran blues and jazz players including Blue Mitchell. During the 1980s, Mayall sold out houses globally and recorded for several labels while the following decade saw several memorable recordings, including Blues for the Lost Days. In the 21st century, his accolades ranged from his 2005 OBE appointment by Queen Elizabeth II, and his 2016 induction into the Blues Hall of Fame. Mayall continued to make vital music, issuing the widely acclaimed Nobody Told Me in 2019 and The Sun Is Shining Down in 2022.

Macclesfield, Cheshire, England
November 29, 1933

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