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John MayallOBE born 29 November is an English blues singer, guitarist, organist and songwriter, whose musical career spans over sixty years. Born in MacclesfieldCheshire in 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 BellyAlbert AmmonsPinetop Smith and Eddie Langand 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.
Inhe 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 s Mayall has lived in the US. A brush fire destroyed his house in Laurel Canyon inseriously 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 s took part in the management of her husband's career. The pair divorced in  and Maggie wrote online about the experience. Inwith college fellow Peter Ward, Mayall had founded the Powerhouse Four Intro - Big Led - Be What It May consisted of both men and other local musicians with whom they played at local dances.
In Mayall became a member of the Blues Syndicate. The band was formed by trumpeter John Rowlands and alto saxophonist Jack Undercover Agent For The Blues - John Mayall - Essentially John Mayallwho had seen the Alexis Korner band at a Manchester club and wanted to try a similar blend of jazz and blues.
Alexis Korner persuaded Mayall to opt for a full-time musical career and move to London, where Korner introduced him to many other musicians and helped them to find gigs. In latewith his band, which was now called the Bluesbreakers, Mayall started playing at the Marquee Club. The next spring Mayall obtained his first recording date with producer Ian Samwell. This line-up backed John Lee Hooker on his British tour in Mayall was offered a recording contract by Decca and, on 7 Decembera live performance of Onexone - Billy Jones (18) - The White Gates band was recorded at the Klooks Kleek.
A later studio-recorded single, "Crocodile Walk", was released along with the album, but both failed to achieve any success and the contract was terminated. Inwith Eric Clapton as their new guitar player, the Bluesbreakers began attracting considerable attention. In November Clapton returned, and Green departed as Mayall had guaranteed Clapton his spot back in the Bluesbreakers whenever he tired of the Glands. The rough recording provided tracks that later appeared on the compilation Looking Back and the Primal Solos.
In a November session, blues pianist-singer Champion Jack Dupree originally from New Orleans but in the s living in Europe got Mayall and Clapton to play on a few tracks. The sessions, with horn arrangements for some tracks John Almond on baritone sax, Alan Skidmore on tenor sax, and Dennis Healey on trumpetlasted just three days. Several of the 12 tracks were covers of pure Chicago blues side 1 kicking off strong with Otis Rush 's " All Your Love " and Freddy King 's hit instrumental " Hide Away " [here spelled without a space as "Hideaway"] ; Mayall wrote or arranged 5 such as "Double Crossing Time", Ill Come Back - Condors* - Ill Come Back / The Reason Of My Life slow blues with a scorching solo by co-writer Clapton ; and Eric debuted as lead vocalist, and began his practice of paying tribute to Robert Johnsonwith " Ramblin' on My Mind ".
The album was Mayall's commercial breakthrough, rising to No. In the meantime, on 11 June the formation of Cream —Clapton, bassist Jack Bruceand drummer Ginger Baker —had been revealed in the music press, much to the embarrassment of Clapton, who had not said anything about this to Mayall. After a May Al Kent - The Way You Been Acting Lately gig at which Baker had sat in, he and Clapton had first discussed forming their own band, and surreptitious rehearsal jams with Bruce soon commenced.
Eric's last scheduled gig with the Bluesbreakers was 17 July in Bexley, south-east of London;  Cream made a warmup club debut 29 July in Manchester and its "official" live debut two days later at the Sixth National Jazz and Blues Festival, Windsor. Mayall had to replace Clapton, and he succeeded in persuading Peter Green to come back. During the following year, with Green on guitar and various other sidemen, some 40 tracks were recorded.
The album A Hard Road was released Bulldozer - Oliver Onions - Bulldozer February Today its expanded versions include most of this material, and the album itself also stands as a classic.
But Peter Green gave notice and soon started his own project, Peter Green's Fleetwood Macwhich eventually was to include all three of Mayall's Bluesbreakers at this time: Green, McVie, and drummer Mick Fleetwood who was a Bluesbreaker for only a few weeks.
O'List declined, however, and went on to form the Nice with organist Keith Emerson. Through both a "musicians wanted" ad in Melody Maker on 10 June and his own search, Mayall found three other potential guitarists for his Bluesbreakers, a black musician named Terry Edmonds, John Moorshead, and year-old Mick Taylor.
The latter made the band quickly, but Mayall also decided to hire Edmonds as a rhythm guitarist for a few days. In the meantime, on a single day in MayMayall had assembled a studio album to showcase his own abilities. Former Artwoods drummer Keef Hartley appeared on only half of the tracks, and everything else was played by Mayall. The album was released in November titled The Blues Alone. These Bluesbreakers spent most of the year touring abroad, and Mayall taped the shows on a portable recorder.
At the end Undercover Agent For The Blues - John Mayall - Essentially John Mayall the tour, he had over sixty hours of tapes, which he edited into an album in two volumes: Diary of a Band, Vols.
Meanwhile, a few line-up changes had occurred: McVie had departed and was replaced by Paul Williams, who himself soon quit to join Alan Price and was replaced by Keith Tillman; Dick Heckstall-Smith had taken the sax spot. Following a US tour, there were more line-up changes, starting with the troublesome bass position.
First Mayall replaced bassist Tillman with year-old Andy Fraser. Henry Lowther, who played violin Undercover Agent For The Blues - John Mayall - Essentially John Mayall cornet, joined in February Hiseman, Reeves, and Heckstall-Smith then moved on to form Colosseum.
In August the new quartet recorded Blues from Laurel Canyon. Chas Crane filled in briefly on guitar. This left as the only holdover bassist Thompson who would also eventually join Stone the Crows. Mayall tried a new format with lower volume, acoustic instruments, and no drummer.
He recruited acoustic fingerstyle guitarist Jon Mark and flautist-saxophonist John Almond. Undercover Agent For The Blues - John Mayall - Essentially John Mayall was best known as Marianne Faithfull 's accompanist for three years and for having been a member of the band Sweet Thursday which included pianist Nicky Hopkins and future Cat Stevens collaborator Alun Daviesalso a guitarist.
Along with the big change in sound, Mayall decided on a big change in scenery: a move to Los Angeles. A studio album, Empty Roomswas recorded with the same personnel, with Mayall's next bassist, former Canned Heat member Larry Taylorplaying bass in a duet with Thompson on "To a Princess. On USA Union recorded in Los Angeles, 27—28 Julythough, Mandel was compelled to make do without his remarkable sustain and usage of feedback as musical, even melodic, technique; and on Memories the band was stripped down to a trio with Taylor and Ventures guitarist Gerry McGee.
In November Mayall launched a recording project involving many of the most notable musicians with whom he had played during the previous several years. Paul Lagos was with Sugarcane and ended up drumming on five. Mayall wrote all the songs and sang all the vocals, as usual by now, plus played harmonica, guitar, keyboards, drums, and percussion. The London sessions took place in January and as such represent some of Clapton's last work before Derek and the Dominos' attempted Layla follow-up sessions Ohne Gnade - Various - Rammstein Presents 7 band disintegration that spring.
Mayall had exhausted his catalytic role on the British blues-rock scene and was living in L. Yet, the list of musicians who benefited from association with him, starting with ruling the London blues scene, remains impressive. By the start of the s Mayall had relocated in the USA where he spent most of the next 15 years, recording with local musicians for various labels.
In AugustMayall produced a jazz-oriented session for bluesman Albert King  and a few months later took on tour the musicians present in the studio.
A few personnel changes are noted at the release of a similar album inthe live Moving On. During the next decade Mayall continued shifting musicians and switching labels and released a score of albums. At this stage of his career most of Mayall's music was rather different from electric blues played by rock musicians, incorporating jazz, funk or pop elements and even adding female vocals.
A notable exception is Undercover Agent For The Blues - John Mayall - Essentially John Mayall Last of the British Bluesa live album excused apparently by its title for the brief return to this type of music. In Mayall was reunited with Mick TaylorJohn McVie and Colin Allenthree musicians of his s line-ups, for a two-year world tour from which a live album would emerge a decade later. The mythic name did, perhaps, something to enhance the interest in a band which by all standards was The Alliance* - The Way (Acetate) remarkable.
A successful world tour and live recordings achieved the rest. In the early s most of the excitement was already spent and Buddy Whittington became the sole lead guitarist in a formation which included then organist Tom Canning. On the occasion of the 40th year of his career, Mayall invited fellow musicians for the recording of a celebratory album. To celebrate his 70th birthday, Mayall reunited with special guests Eric ClaptonMick Taylor and Chris Barber during a fundraiser show.
In NovemberMayall announced on his website he was disbanding the Bluesbreakers, to cut back on his heavy workload and give himself freedom to work with Undercover Agent For The Blues - John Mayall - Essentially John Mayall musicians. Three months later a solo world tour was announced, with: Rocky Athas on guitar, Greg Rzab on bass, and Jay Davenport on drums. Tom Canning, on organ, joined the band for the tour which started in March An album was released in September Since then, Mayall has continued to tour with the same backing band, minus Canning, who left due to other priorities.
InMayall made a new addition to his band; his first female lead guitarist, Carolyn Det Vakreste Som Fins - Jahn Teigen - Jahn Teigens Største Hits. The two have produced 3 studio albums together, A Special Life featuring accordionist C.
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