John Mayall, OBE (born 29 November 1933) is an English blues singer, musician and songwriter, whose musical career spans over sixty years. In the 1960s, he was the founder of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, a band that has counted among its members some of the most famous blues and blues rock musicians.
Born in Macclesfield, Cheshire, in 1933, Mayall grew up in Cheadle Hulme. He was the son of Murray Mayall, a guitarist and jazz enthusiast. From an early age he was drawn to the sounds of American blues players such as Lead Belly, Albert Ammons, Pinetop Smith and Eddie Lang, and taught himself to play the piano, guitars, and harmonica.
Mayall was sent to Korea as part of his national service, and during a period of leave bought his first electric guitar in Japan. Back in England, he enrolled at Manchester College of Art and started playing with a semi-professional band, the Powerhouse Four. After graduation, he obtained a job as an art designer, but continued to play with local musicians. In 1963, he 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.
Mayall began living in the US part time in the late 1960s, living there full time by the early 1970s. A brush fire destroyed his house in Laurel Canyon in 1979, seriously damaging his musical collections and archives.
Mayall has been married twice, and has six children and six grandchildren. His second wife, Maggie Mayall, is an American blues performer, and since the early 1980s she has taken part in the management of her husband’s career. They married in 1982, and divorced in 2011.
In 2005, Mayall was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Honours List.
By the start of the 1970s Mayall had relocated to the United States where he spent most of the next 15 years, recording with local musicians for various labels. In August 1971, Mayall produced a jazz-oriented session for bluesman Albert King and a few months later took on tour the musicians present in the studio.
A live album Jazz Blues Fusion was released in the following year, with Mayall on harmonica, guitar and piano, Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Clifford Solomon and Ernie Watts on saxophones, Larry Taylor on bass, Ron Selico on drums and Freddy Robinson on guitar. A few personnel changes are noted at the release of a similar album in 1973, the live Moving On.
In 1974, Mayall recorded The Latest Edition, produced by Tom Wilson for the Polydor label. The group featured jazz saxophonist Red Holloway, drummer Soko Richardson, bassist Larry Taylor, and two guitarists, Randy Resnick and Hightide Harris. The band toured Europe and Asia that year. During the next decade Mayall continued shifting musicians and switching labels and released a score of albums. Tom Wilson, Don Nix and Allen Toussaint occasionally served as producers. 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. (wikipedia)
And here´s one these countless albums by Joh Mayall during the Sevenies:
Hard to believe, I´ listening to “Hardcore Package” for the 1st time. loving it, too cool, simplified big band sound, very nice clean guitar from John on three tracke, not to take away from James Wuill Smith´s superb lead work, very nice backing vocals olay big role here, possibly leaning toward album titel. Steve Thompson & Soko Richardson drive this release all the way home, very tight back beat !
Would believe John had a lot of fun during the recording of this release. Good Job, John ! (Ock Battisson)
This album is from a period of John Mayall that was not so successful, but it is still a really good album !
And … another great artwork by John Mayall himself !
John Mayall (vocals. harmonica, piano, clavinet, guitar on 02, 07., 10.)
Soko Richardson (drums)
James Quill Smith (guitar, vocals)
Steve Thompson (bass)
Cliff Ervin (trumpet on 03., 07. + 10.)
Trevor Laurence (saxophone on 01., 06. 08. + 09.)
Jody Linscott (percussion)
Steve Madiao (trumpet on 01.,06., 08. + 09.)
Buddy McDaniel (saxophone on 03., 07. + 10.)
Ann Patterson (flute)
Jim Price (trombone on 01., 06., 08. + 09.)
Bradford Henry Thoelke III (trombone on 03., 07. + 10.)
Edna Richardson – Marilyn Scott – Mindy Mickel – Pepper Watkins – Rebecca Burns
01. Rock And Roll Hobo 3.35
02. Do I Please You 4.05
03. Disconnected Line 5.07
04. An Old Sweet Picture 4.01
05. The Last Time 4.49
06. Make Up Your Mind 3.32
07. Arizona Bound 3.08
08. Now And Then 4.26
09. Goodnight Dreams 4.39
10. Give Me A Chance 4.30
All songs written by John Mayall
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