Happy Birthday John Mayall

Posted on: Wednesday, Nov 29, 2006

A blues band leader for 40 years, born in the North West UK but an adopted Californian – today is John Mayall’s birthday. Born 1933 in Macclesfield – he’s 73!

The picture is from Feb this year and he looks OK for his age doesn’t he? I wonder if he would have looked as good if he had stayed in the UK rather than moving to the U.S.

I have to say that Mayall’s recent work has not really grabbed my attention, however I owe him and his 1960s band a great debt. When I transitioned from rock to blues back in the late 70s and very early 1980s I was searching for great guitar work and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers’ work featuring Eric Claption from the 1960s was a favourite record. I still have all my vinyl in a box in the attic.

There are a few YouTube clips of Mayall. Check out this search page and pick your own favourite.
Flickr photo John Mayall Hilo Hawaii February 4th, 2006, originally uploaded by SparkyLeigh.

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