British songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and bandleader John Mayall took his cues primarily from the stars of Chicago's electric blues scene druing the 1950s. In the 1960s leading the influential Bluesbreakers and as a solo act, Mayall played a large role in introducing white audiences to blues. A leader in the emerging blues-rock movement in Britan, his Bluesbreakers were an early proving ground for guitarists including Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, Peter Green, and Harvey Mandel. His ever-evolving, always eclectic approach to blues helped to develop dozens of players over the next five decades. Though he never had a proper hit, he was awarded an OBE in 2005. In his eighties, he continues to record and tour.
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