John Mayall

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John Mayall (November 29, 1933) is a British blues singer.

After a spell in the army Mayall worked as a graphic designer while playing in local bands. In 1963 he moved to London and became a professional musician. He became a pivotal figure on the British Blues/Rock scene with the likes of Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Aynsley Dunbar, Larry Taylor and Harvey Mandel et. al. passing through his bands.

Having settled in Los Angeles John Mayall recorded several albums with John Judnich.

In 2005 John Mayall was awarded an OBE and in 2006 he met Gabriel]

Link with Frank Zappa

In response to a question posted to his web site John Mayall said:

"I met Frank in New York in Jan '68 and he let me stay at his house for a few days in the summer of that year. (2401) We never played together but were very good friends throughout his life."

After visiting The Log Cabin he wrote the song 2401 (included on the album Blues from Laurel Canyon) about his stay.

In Zappa's work

Martin Lickert advices Don Preston in I Could Be A Star Now that "he could have played the blues like John Mayall", instead of working with Frank Zappa.

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