Watch the History and Players online guitar lesson by Jeff McErlain from Focus On: British Blues
In the 60's the blues had lost it's popularity in America largely, but in post-war England it was experiencing a revival with teenagers. As a result it spawned bands like the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, Manfred Mann, The Animals, and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. I want to take this opportunity to talk about the godfather of British blues, John Mayall. Mayall was born in England in 1933 and was the main force in the blues scene in London at the time. The list of musicians that went through the Bluesbreakers is a who's who of rock and roll. Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, Jack Bruce, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Harvey Mandel, Freddy Robinson, Jimmy McCulloch, Kal David, Walter Trout, Coco Montoya, Randy Resnick, Sonny Landreth, Buddy Whittington, Eric Steckel, Robben Ford, David Grissom, Aynsley Dunbar, Paul Butterfield, and more. As a fan of his work I highly suggest John Mayall's Bluesbreakers featuring Eric Clapton, a fantastic album, or A Hard Road featuring Peter Green.