John Mayall's Bluesbreakers

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers I (Jan. 1963 - Mar. 1963)
  • John Mayall - vocals/keyboards/harmonica/guitar - b. November 29, 1933, Macclesfield, England.
  • Sammy Prosser - guitar
  • Davy Graham - guitar
  • Ricky Brown - bass
  • Pete Burford - bass
  • John McVie - bass - b. November 26, 1945, London, England.
  • Sam Stone - drums
  • Brian Mayall - drums

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers II (Apr. 1963 - Jul. 1963)
  • John Mayall - vocals/keyboards/harmonica/guitar
  • Sammy Prosser - guitar
  • John Gilbey - guitar
  • John McVie - bass
  • Keith Robertson - drums

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers III (Jul. 1963 - Apr. 1964)
  • John Mayall - vocals/keyboards/harmonica/guitar
  • Bernie Watson - guitar
  • John McVie - bass
  • Peter Ward - drums
  • Martin Hart - drums

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers IV (Apr. 1964 - Apr. 1965)
  • John Mayall - vocals/keyboards/harmonica/guitar
  • Roger Dean - guitar
  • John McVie - bass
  • Hughie Flint - drums
Album:
  1. "John Mayall Plays John Mayall" (1965)

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers V (Apr. 1965 - Aug. 1965)
  • John Mayall - vocals/keyboards/harmonica/guitar
  • Eric Clapton - guitar - b. Eric Clapp on March 30, 1945, Ripley, England - formerly with The Roosters, Casey Jones and the Engineers, and The Yardbirds.
  • John McVie - bass
  • Hughie Flint - drums

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers VI (Aug. 1965 - Nov. 1965)
  • John Mayall - vocals/keyboards/harmonica/guitar
  • Jeff Krobbett - guitar
  • Peter Green - guitar
  • John McVie - bass
  • Jack Bruce - bass
  • Hughie Flint - drums

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers VII (Nov. 1965 - Jul. 1966)
  • John Mayall - vocals/keyboards/harmonica/guitar
  • Eric Clapton - guitar
  • John McVie - bass
  • Hughie Flint - drums
Album:
  1. "Bluesbreakers - John Mayall with Eric Clapton" (1966) (with Eric Clapton)
Eric Clapton leaves to form Cream with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker.

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers VIII (Jul. 1966 - Sep. 1966)
  • John Mayall - vocals/keyboards/harmonica/guitar
  • Peter Green - guitar
  • John McVie - bass
  • Hughie Flint - drums
Hughie Flint forms McGuinness Flint (with Tom McGuinness, formerly of Manfred Mann).

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers IX (Sep. 1966 - Apr. 1967)
  • John Mayall - vocals/keyboards/harmonica/guitar
  • Peter Green - guitar
  • John McVie - bass
  • Aynsley Dunbar - drums
Album:
  1. "A Hard Road" (1967)
Aynsley Dunbar later joins The Jeff Beck Group, Bonzo Dog Band, Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention, Lou Reed, David Bowie, Journey, and Jefferson Starship.

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers X (Apr. 1967 - May 1967)
  • John Mayall - vocals/keyboards/harmonica/guitar
  • Peter Green - guitar
  • John McVie - bass
  • Mickey Waller - drums
  • Mick Fleetwood - drums
Album:
  1. "The Blues Alone" (1967)
Peter Green and Mick Fleetwood form Shotgun Express (with Rod Stewart), and later form Fleetwood Mac.

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers XI (Jun. 1967 - Sep. 1967)
  • John Mayall - vocals/keyboards/harmonica/guitar
  • Mick Taylor - guitar - formerly with The Gods.
  • John McVie - bass
  • Keef Hartley - drums
  • Chris Mercer - sax
  • Rip Kant - sax
  • Terry Edmonds - guitar
Album:
  1. "Crusade" (1967)
John McVie forms Fleetwood Mac (with Peter Green and Mick Fleetwood).

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers XII (Sep. 1967 - Apr. 1968)
  • John Mayall - vocals/keyboards/harmonica/guitar
  • Mick Taylor - guitar
  • Paul Williams - bass
  • Keith Tillman - bass
  • Andy Fraser - bass
  • Keef Hartley - drums
  • Chris Mercer - sax
  • Henry Lowther - trumpet
  • Dick Heckstall-Smith - sax
Albums:
  1. "Diary of a Band, vol. 1" (1968)
  2. "Diary of a Band, vol. 2" (1968)
Andy Fraser forms Free (with Paul Rodgers, Paul Kossoff, and Simon Kirke).

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers XIII (Apr. 1968 - Aug. 1968)
  • John Mayall - vocals/keyboards/harmonica/guitar
  • Mick Taylor - guitar
  • Tony Reeves - bass
  • John Hiseman - drums
  • Chris Mercer - sax
  • Henry Lowther - trumpet
  • Dick Heckstall-Smith - sax
Album:
  1. "Bare Wires" (1968)
Tony Reeves, John Hiseman, and Dick Heckstall-Smith form Colosseum.

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers XIV (Aug. 1968 - May 1969)
  • John Mayall - vocals/keyboards/harmonica/guitar
  • Mick Taylor - guitar
  • Steve Thompson - bass
  • Colin Allen - drums
Album:
  1. "Blues From Laurel Canyon" (1968)
Mick Taylor joins The Rolling Stones.

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers XV (Jun. 1969 - Jun. 1970)
  • John Mayall - vocals/keyboards/harmonica/guitar
  • Duster Bennett - guitar/vocals
  • Jon Mark - guitar
  • Johnny Almond - sax
  • Steve Thompson - bass
  • Alex Dmochowski - bass
  • Larry Taylor - bass
Albums:
  1. "The Turning Point" (1969)
  2. "Empty Rooms" (1970)
Jon Mark and Johnny Almond form The Mark-Almond Band.

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers XVI (Jul. 1970 - 1971)
  • John Mayall - vocals/keyboards/harmonica/guitar
  • Harvey Mandel - guitar - b. March 11, 1945, Detroit, Michigan - formerly with Canned Heat.
  • Don "Sugarcane" Harris - violin - b. June 18, 1938, Pasadena, California; d. November 30, 1999.
  • Larry Taylor - bass - formerly with Canned Heat.
Album:
  1. "USA Union" (1970)

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers XVII (1971)
  • John Mayall - vocals/keyboards/harmonica/guitar
  • Eric Clapton - guitar
  • Mick Taylor - guitar
  • Keef Hartley - drums
  • Harvey Mandel - guitar
  • Don "Sugarcane" Harris - violin
  • Larry Taylor - bass
Album:
  1. "Back to the Roots" (2-CDs) (1971)

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers XVIII (1971)
  • John Mayall - vocals/keyboards/harmonica/guitar
  • Harvey Mandel - guitar
  • Don "Sugarcane" Harris - violin
  • Larry Taylor - bass
Album:
  1. "Thru the Years" (1971)

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers XIX (1971)
  • John Mayall - vocals/keyboards/harmonica/guitar
  • Jimmy McCulloch - guitar - b. 1953, Glasgow, Scotland; d. September 27, 1979, London, England - formerly with Thunderclap Newman and Stone the Crows.
  • Larry Taylor - bass
Album:
  1. "Memories" (1971)
Jimmy McCulloch later joins Paul McCartney's Wings and The Small Faces.

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers XX (1971)
  • John Mayall - vocals/keyboards/harmonica/guitar
  • Freddy Robinson - guitar
  • Blue Mitchell - trumpet
  • Ron Selico - bass
  • Clifford Solomon - saxes

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers XXI (1971 - 1972)
  • John Mayall - vocals/keyboards/harmonica/guitar
  • Freddy Robinson - guitar
  • Blue Mitchell - trumpet
  • Clifford Solomon - saxes
  • Keef Hartley - drums
Album:
  1. "Jazz-Blues Fusion" (1972)

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers XXII (1972)
  • John Mayall - vocals/keyboards/harmonica/guitar
  • Freddy Robinson - guitar
  • Blue Mitchell - trumpet
  • Clifford Solomon - saxes
  • Keef Hartley - drums
  • Victor Gaskin - bass
  • Fred Jackson - saxes
  • Charlie Owens - flutes
  • Ernie Watts - sax

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers XXIII (1972 - 1973)
  • John Mayall - vocals/keyboards/harmonica/guitar
  • Freddy Robinson - guitar
  • Blue Mitchell - trumpet
  • Red Holloway - flute/saxes
  • Keef Hartley - drums
  • Victor Gaskin - bass
  • Fred Jackson - saxes
  • Charlie Owens - flutes
  • Ernie Watts - sax
Album:
  1. "Moving On" (1972)

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers XXIV (1973 - 1975)
  • John Mayall - vocals/keyboards/harmonica/guitar
  • Freddy Robinson - guitar
  • Blue Mitchell - trumpet
  • Red Holloway - flute/saxes
  • Keef Hartley - drums
  • Victor Gaskin - bass
  • Don "Sugarcane" Harris - violin
Album:
  1. "Ten Years Are Gone" (1973)

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers XXV (1975)
  • John Mayall - vocals/keyboards/harmonica/guitar
  • Hightide Harris - bass/guitar
  • Red Holloway - flute/saxes
  • Randy Resnick - guitar
  • Soko Richardson - drums
Album:
  1. "The Latest Edition" (1975)

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers XXVI (1975 - 1977)
  • John Mayall - vocals/keyboards/harmonica/guitar
  • Don "Sugarcane" Harris - violin
  • Larry Taylor - bass
  • Dee McKinnie - vocals - b. 1950
  • Rick Vito - guitar - b. October 13, 1949, Darby, Pennsylvania.
  • Jay Spell - keyboards
  • Soko Richardson - drums
Albums:
  1. "New Year, New Band, New Company" (1975)
  2. "Notice to Appear" (1975)
  3. "A Banquet in Blues" (1976)
Rick Vito later joins Fleetwood Mac.

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers XXVII (1977)
  • John Mayall - vocals/keyboards/harmonica/guitar
  • Larry Taylor - bass
  • Jay Spell - keyboards
  • Red Holloway - flute/saxes
  • Gary Rowles - guitar
  • Frank Wilson - drums
  • Warren Bryant - percussion
  • Pepper Watkins - vocals
  • Patty Smith - vocals
Album:
  1. "Lots of People" (1977)

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers XXVIII (1977 - 1978)
  • John Mayall - vocals/keyboards/harmonica/guitar
  • James Quill Smith - guitar
  • Steve Thompson - bass
  • Soko Richardson - drums
Albums:
  1. "A Hard Core Package" (1977)
  2. "The Last of the British Blues" (1978)

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers XXIX (1979)
  • John Mayall - vocals/keyboards/harmonica/guitar
Album:
  1. "Bottom Line" (1979) (with various studio musicians)

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers XXX (1979 - 1980)
  • John Mayall - vocals/keyboards/harmonica/guitar
  • James Quill Smith - guitar
  • Rick Vito - guitar
  • Chris Cameron - piano/clavinet
  • Christian Mostert - saxes/flutes
  • Angus Thomas - bass
  • Ruben Alvarez - drums
  • Maggie Parker - vocals
Album:
  1. "No More Interviews" (1979)

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers XXXI (1980 - 1981)
  • John Mayall - vocals/keyboards/harmonica/guitar
  • James Quill Smith - guitar
  • Maggie Parker - vocals
  • Kevin McCormick - bass
  • Soko Richardson - drums
Album:
  1. "Road Show Blues" (1980)

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers XXXII (1981 - 1982)
  • John Mayall - vocals/keyboards/harmonica/guitar
  • Don McMinn - guitar
  • Bobby Manuel - guitar
  • Jeff Davis - bass
  • Mike Gardner - drums

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers XXXIII (1982) (Reunion)
  • John Mayall - vocals/keyboards/harmonica/guitar
  • John McVie - bass
  • Mick Taylor - guitar
  • Colin Allen - drums
Album:
  1. "The 1982 Reunion Concert" (1994)
Group disbands.

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers XXXIV (1984 - 1985) (reformed)
  • John Mayall - vocals/keyboards/harmonica/guitar
  • Coco Montoya - guitar
  • Kal David - guitar - formerly with Illinois Speed Press.
  • Willie McNeil - drums
  • Walter Trout - guitar
  • Bobby Haynes - bass

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers XXXV (1985 - 1990)
  • John Mayall - vocals/keyboards/harmonica/guitar
  • Joe Yuele - drums
  • Coco Montoya - guitar
  • Walter Trout - guitar
  • Bobby Haynes - bass
Albums:
  1. "Behind the Iron Curtain" (1986)
  2. "The Power of the Blues" (1987)
  3. "Chicago Line" (1988)

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers XXXVI (1990 - 1991)
  • John Mayall - vocals/keyboards/harmonica/guitar
  • Joe Yuele - drums
  • Coco Montoya - guitar
  • Freebo - bass
Album:
  1. "A Sense of Place" (1990)

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers XXXVII (1991 - 1994)
  • John Mayall - vocals/keyboards/harmonica/guitar
  • Joe Yuele - drums
  • Coco Montoya - guitar
  • Rick Cortes - bass
Album:
  1. "Wake Up Call" (1993)

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers XXXVIII (1994 - 1995)
  • John Mayall - vocals/keyboards/harmonica/guitar
  • Joe Yuele - drums
  • Buddy Whittington - guitar
  • Rick Cortes - bass
Albums:
  1. "Spinning Coin" (1995)
  2. "Blues for the Lost Days" (1997)

John Mayall's Bluesbreakers XXXIX ( ? - Present)
  • John Mayall - vocals/keyboards/harmonica/guitar
  • Joe Yuele - drums
  • Buddy Whittington - guitar
  • Greg Rzab - bass
  • Tom Canning - keyboards
Album:
  1. "Padlock On The Blues" (1999)
  2. "Along For The Ride" (2001) - John Mayall & Friends

Compilations:
  1. "The Best of John Mayall" (1973)
  2. "Archives to Eighties: Featuring Eric Clapton and Mick Taylor" (1988) (with Eric Clapton and Mick Taylor)
  3. "Looking Back" (1990)
  4. "John Mayall: London Blues, 1964-1969" (2-CDs) (1992)
  5. "John Mayall: Room to Move, 1969-1974" (2-CDs) (1992)
  6. "Cross Country Blues" (1994)
  7. "As It All Began: The Best...1964-69" (1998)
  8. "Drivin' On: The ABC Years (1975-1982)" (2-CD box set) (1998)
  9. "Silver Tones: The Best of John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers" (1998)

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Last Revised:  February 5, 2005
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