John Mayall autographed Fender Stratocaster
John Mayall autographed Fender Stratocaster style pickguard.
Mayall. OBE (born 29 November 1933) is an English blues singer. Guitarist, organist and songwriter, whose musical career spans over fifty years. In the 1960s. He was the founder of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. A band which has counted among its members some of the most famous blues and blues rock musicians. They include Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jack Bruce, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood and Mick Taylor.
Born in Macclesfield, Cheshire in 1933. Mayall’s father Murray Mayall, was a guitarist and jazz music enthusiast. From an early age. John 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 spent three years in Korea for national service. During a period of leave, he bought his first electric guitar. Back in England. He enrolled at Manchester College of Art (now part of Manchester Metropolitan University) and started playing with semi professional bands. 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.
In 1982 Mayall was reunited with Mick Taylor, John McVie and Colin Allen. Three musicians of his 1960s line-ups, for a two year world tour from which a live album would emerge a decade later.