MUSIC NOTES: John Mayall, Blues Professor

by Steve Houk

A blues legend talks humbly about his influence on some of the world’s greatest musicians and where his own musical tastes came from.

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If you ask music aficionados about who really “invented” the blues, names that tend to come to mind first, and rightly so, are American black blues players like Robert Johnson, Leadbelly, Pinetop Perkins and Blind Lemon Jefferson. These early bluesmen influenced a generation of blues disciples like B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Bobby “Blue” Bland and many others.

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