John Mayall


Oral History Information

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Musician, Guitarist

John Mayall has been an enduring voice on the modern blues scene since the early 1960s. Mayall is a self-taught musician well versed on guitar, harmonica, and piano. Following art school and military service, Mayall entered the British blues scene in 1962 at Alexis Korner’s burgeoning blues club. Mayall went on to form the Bluesbreakers which over the years served as a forming ground for many top blues guitarists including Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, Coco Montoya, and Walter Trout to name a few. Mayall has continued to remain active and touring regularly into his 80s.