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John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers

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The godfather of British blues, John Mayall has overseen a who's who of the young guitar gods who cut their teeth in his legendary band, including Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor. Persuaded by Alexis Korner to move to London and become a full time musician in 1963, his first incarnation of the Bluesbreakers quickly made a name for themselves playing gigs at London's Marquee Club and backing John Lee Hooker on his 1964 UK tour. A notoriously hard task master, Mayall stayed loyal to an authentic Chicago blues rock sound, while developing and passing on his knowledge to an ever-changing line-up of gifted musicians. Clapton joined in 1965 and their 1966 album together Blues Breakers is usually seen as Mayall's seminal recording in a career that has spanned five decades and produced over 50 albums. Awarded an OBE in 2005, Mayall continues to tour with musicians from all over the world still eager to share the stage with him and remains remarkably philosophical about remaining a cult legend, while several of his protégés became superstars.