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Wednesday, 9 March 2016

British blues great John Mayall still shepherding great players

The number of great musicians who have spent time performing in bands led by John Mayall is amazing. Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce (who would later form Cream), Mick Taylor (later of the Rolling Stones), John McVie, Mick Fleetwood and Peter Green (who would form Fleetwood Mac), Sonny Landreth and Harvey Mandel all spent time with Mayall. "If they've been in my bands, I hope they've had a good time!" says Mayall in a call from his California home.

Mayall is, of course, one of the greats of the British Invasion era in which British musicians who had fallen in love with American blues performed it with their own interpretations. Mayall never became the sort of star many of his sidemen did, but he soldiered on with a solid following.

In 2015, Mayall released both a new studio album, "Find a Way to Care," and a disc of recently discovered performances from 1967 with Fleetwood, McVie and Peter Green in Mayall's band John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers.

Read on...

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John Mayall - The Lost Broadcasts

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