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John Mayall: Godfather of British Blues
"John Mayall has been a very influential musician since the early 1960s. In a sense he ran the original "School of Rock." This quiz will cover some biographical facts about Mayall as well as the early years of his band the Bluesbreakers. Enjoy!"
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John Mayall was born in which year?
According to www.johnmayall.com, which of these musicians were an influence on young Mayall?
All of them
Also from www.johnmayall.com, which of these instruments had Mayall taught himself to play by the age of 13?
All of them
Did Mayall move into his treehouse at the age of 15?
In 1954, Mayall attended the College of Art in Manchester. In 1959 after graduating, what type of work did he do?
In the early 1960s, Mayall befriended Alexis Korner a blues musician who would become Mayall's mentor. Which city did Korner encourage Mayall to move to, for the new blues scene that was going on?
In 1963 the Bluesbreakers were formed. Who was one of the first people Mayall recruited?
John Paul Jones
Mike Vernon (blues fan, copublisher of 'R&B Monthly') was the staff producer of which label, that would sign the Bluesbreakers?
After leaving the Yardbirds, was Eric Clapton convinced by Mayall to join the Bluesbreakers in April 1965?
By mid to late 1965, turmoil within the band escalated. Clapton left and came back and McVie was fired (not the last time) for personal reasons. Which bass player was brought in to replace McVie just in time for Clapton to meet?
With Clapton back playing guitar and large crowds in attendance, Decca resigned the Bluesbreakers. On July 22, 1966 "Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton" was released. What was the alternate name of this album?
The Beano Album
The Yellow Kid Album
The Nemo Album
The Buster Brown Album
On June 25, 1966 'Melody Maker' magazine reported Clapton, Jack Bruce, and which drummer were forming the band Cream?
Peter Green was the next guitarist for the Bluesbreakers. According to www.johnmayall.net did Green turn down an invation from Eric Burdon to tour the U.S. opting instead to play with the Bluesbreakers?
The album "A Hard Road" was released on Feb. 17, 1967. Was this album a critical success?
Drummer Aynsley Dunbar joined the Bluesbreakers in Sep. 1966. In April 1967 he was let go for playing too complexly and dominating the band's sound. Which drummer would replace Dunbar?
With the Bluesbreakers going towards a "jazzy" sound Peter Green gave notice he was leaving the band in June 1967. He wanted to form a new band with Mick Fleetwood and John McVie. What would this band become?
Mick Taylor became the next guitarist for the Bluesbreakers. According to www.johnmayall.net how did he come to join them?
Constantly pestered Mayall for a tryout
Sat in for Clapton at a concert
Related to Mayall
In Jan. 1968, the Bluesbreakers toured the U.S. for the first time. They broke attendance records at Café Au-Go-Go in New York, played in Detroit, Los Angeles, and finally San Francisco. While playing in San Francisco which of these musicians did they play with?
On June 21 1968, the Bluesbreakers released "Bare Wires" which went to number three in the U.K. and number 59 in the U.S. This album was more jazz than blues featuring a horn section. From www.johnmayall.net, on July 14, 1968 Mayall decided to disband the Bluesbreakers for which reason, from these choices?
Wanted more solo capacity with a small backing group
Couldn't find good musicians to play with
Tired and wanted a break
Wanted to try artwork again
According to en.wikipedia.org, in 1969, the Rolling Stones were getting ready to tour North America. Because of visa and other problems for Brian Jones, Mick Jagger came to Mayall and asked his advice for a new guitarist for the Stones. Did Mayall suggest Taylor and did he join the Stones?
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