“I don’t think anybody could have forecast that. It happened so quickly. One moment it was 10 years of New Orleans jazz and then all of a sudden there was a new electrified music coming out of the clubs,” says Mayall, whose band The Bluesbreakers were at the forefront of the blues movement
A decade older than most of the blues musicians who came out of Britain in the ‘60s, Mayall was surprised to discover that his 20-year passion was now the fashion.
“Music was always a hobby till I was 30 years old. At that time the music that I’d been playing, pretty much privately, now became something that was a viable means of starting a professional career,” Mayall says.
Mayall credits Alexis Korner, a musician, radio broadcaster and seminal figure in British blues with giving him the means to bring his music to the public.
“He was very helpful. He lived in London and I was up in Manchester but he was very instrumental in introducing me to the clubs,” Mayall says.
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