John Mayall's Bluesbreakers - With Eric Clapton (r) - A band that was a jumping-off place for a who's who of musicians.
John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers – With Eric Clapton (r) – A band that was a jumping-off place for a who’s who of musicians.

John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, featuring Eric Clapton – live on The Saturday Club – April 26, 1965 – BBC Radio 1 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

Not thought of, for the most part, as one of the British Invasion bands of the early 1960s, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers were one of the most influential bands working during that period. A veritable who’s who of legendary musicians cut their teeth within the ranks of the Mayall unit. This session, recorded for the BBC Radio program Saturday Club features Eric Clapton on guitar and John Mc Vie on bass. Clapton, who had left The Yardbirds for the Bluesbreakers would eventually leave again and become a founding member of Cream. John McVie would leave shortly after and form Fleetwood Mac.

These Saturday Club sessions weren’t featured on the 2006 special edition of the Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton album, and so they are rarities – even though the sound isn’t quite up to par with album quality, they are still enjoyable and another example of the work of an extraordinary Artist, whose talent at spotting musicians was as good as his choice of material – both of which were impeccable.

And this is what they were listening to on the BBC, 50 years ago.

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