John Mayall: "Eric Clapton was totally unique. It’s testament to his command of the blues at such an early age"

John Mayall
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Late last year, John Mayall - who was born November 29, 1933, in Manchester, England - issued his autobiography, Blues from Laurel Canyon: My Life As a Blues- man, which was co-written by Joel McIver, editor of Bass Player and Bass Guitar magazines. The book - published by Omnibus Press - chronicles Mayall’s wild journey from his WWII-era childhood to his 2016 induction into the Blues Hall of Fame. And what a journey it’s been.

Taking inspiration from guitarists like Django Reinhardt, Eddie Lang, Lonnie Johnson and Charlie Christian, Mayall started out playing ukulele and banjo. His first real guitar was a cheaply made semi-electric Weldone hollowbody that he bought in Japan in 1954 while on a week’s leave from the Army.

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