Once you start collecting records you learn more and more about jazz and blues.
– John Mayall –
John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers
John Mayall is considered the father of the British Blues, He recorded as a solo artist and with The Bluesbreakers, more than twenty albums over the last fifty years. Mayall and The Bluesbreakers made the blues very, very popular back in the sixties, for that John Mayall is considered the Father of the British Blues. I wrote a lot about American Blues legends on this blog, for now a journey to England, British Blues John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers.
John Mayall and Eric Clapton
John Mayall is a fantastic musician and talent scout, he collected some of the best musicians and guitarist around him since he started back in the sixties. So when a young Eric Clapton left the Yardbirds 1965 to join John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers we were all blasted by the sound of mister Slowhands. It was a major coup for Mayall, and resulted in a dreamteam recording session, and eventually in the Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton album. When Clapton left the Bluesbreakers, Mayall found Peter Green, and when he left John found Mick Taylor willing to play for him.
Blues albums: Turning Point
Not only Mayall’s guitarist made the Bluesbreaker famous, John Mc Vie and Steve Thompson contributed with funky fantastic basslines. Steve Thompson blasts away on the 1969 album Turning Point. I remember very well the first time I heard Turning Point, an album without drums, but basslines that fill the rhythm enough. The Turning Point album is an example for what John Mayall is, an innovator.
John Mayall played with a lot of great musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Albert King and the Rolling Stones. The next video is an example, Albert King produced by John Mayall: