John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers are a pioneering English blues band, led by singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist John Mayall, OBE, that has included such luminaries as:
The Bluesbreakers were formed in January 1963 with an ever-evolving lineup. Eric Clapton joined in 1965 just a few months after the release of their first album. Clapton brought the blues influences to the forefront of the group, as he had left The Yardbirds in order to play the blues.
The group lost their record contract with Decca that year, which also saw the release of a single called "I'm Your Witchdoctor" (produced by Jimmy Page), followed by a return to Decca in 1966. The album Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton, also known as The Beano Album, was released later that year; it reached the Top Ten in the UK.
Clapton and Jack Bruce left the group that year to form Cream. Clapton was replaced by Peter Green for A Hard Road, after which he left to form Fleetwood Mac. Finally, in 1969, the third Bluesbreaker...
Track listing: A Hard RoadIt's OverYou Don't Love MeLeaping ChristineDust My BluesThere's Always WorkTop of the HillLiving AloneThe Same WayThe Super-NaturalThe StumbleHit the HighwayAnother Kinda LoveSomeday After a While (You'll Be Sorry)
Track listing: Oh, Pretty WomanStand Back BabyMy Time After AwhileSnowy WoodMan of StoneTears in My EyesDriving SidewaysThe Death of J. B. LenoirI Can't Quit You BabyStreamlineMe and My WomanCheckin' Up on My Baby
Track listing: Crawling Up a HillI Wanna Teach You EverythingWhen I'm GoneI Need Your LoveThe Hoot OwlR. & B. Time: Night Train / LucilleCrocodile WalkWhat's the Matter With YouDoreenRunawayHeartacheChigago Line