FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - Classic Fanmail Q's & A's:
JOHN MAYALL'S CURRENT GUITAR.....
Many people have asked what kind of pickup is on John's Gibson ES-125 guitar. It is a Gibson P-90. The street nickname for it is "soapbar pickup"
JOHN MAYALL'S A SPECIAL LIFE GUITAR.....
Fans have been asking about John's guitar and here's his answer: "It was an Eric Johnson Stratocaster before I cut up the body and did the three dimensional art out of it. For an amp I don't use any effects. Just plugged into a Roland Jazz Chorus". The guitar will be featured on the cover of John's upcoming release "A Special Life" - on May 13, 2014.
We got lots of queries about Freddie Robinson. In 2001, we had
a fan chime in who had tracked him down. UPDATE: Unfortunately, Freddie passed away in 2009. You can read his obituary here:
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TEN YEARS ARE GONE.....
Ran across your site while doing
a google search on John Mayall 'ten years are gone'. I have the
vinyl of this but have been wondering for years if there is a cd
version available. Do you know if it ever made it to CD? My vinyl
is pretty worn out. Thanks in advance. Don
RESPONSE: Good News! In February 2009 Cherry Red Records released "Ten Years Are Gone" on CD, complete with the original artwork and album notes. You can get it on Amazon.Com.
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JON MARK & JOHNNY ALMOND.....
SUBJECT: Jon Mark Hi Again I noticed
a lot of interest in Jon Mark on the Fan mail pages. Jon is in
fact in New Zealand and is a part of the White Cloud music company.
He is still recording but it is all ambient type stuff, musical
interpretations of places he has been. He has made approx. 10 albums
as a solo artist. Hope this helps Richard Brown
SUBJECT: mark/almond Why no mention
of Jon Mark and Johnny Almond in your bio? Do you know what they
are doing now? Thank you, Bill Sutherland
RESPONSE: There have been many
inquiries on our fanmail page about them. Jon Mark lives
in New Zealand. UPDATE: We are sorry to say that Johnny Almond passed away in November 2009 from cancer at age 63. You can read his obituary here.
Do you have any info on Johnny Almond,
in terms of other CDs he may have contributed on (with or without
John Mayall)? Thanks. Yours, Stan
RESPONSE: Johnny Almond was
on "The Turning Point" "A Hard Road" "Blues Breakers with Clapton" "Empty
Rooms" We don't know of his other recording history. -- johnmayall.com
19 Nov 2003
SUBJECT: Johnny Almond
In response to readers' requests for info on Johnny Almond's recording career,
there are at least two solo albums he did round about the time of Turning Point.
They are called "Johnny Almond - Music Machine, Patent Pending" and "Hollywood
Blues". Two terrific albums which I had, and which unfortunately were
destroyed in a fire in 1972. I've been looking to replace them ever since without
success. If anyone knows where they might be obtained, I would be eternally
grateful to know!
SUBJECT: Johnny Almond. I've been
following your career since I was 15-that was 1969. I think half
of my record collection is made up of your albums or that of your
former bandmates. I've scoured the internet and was wondering if
there were any kind of discography that you could guide me to that
might provide me with a list of anything Jonny Almond appeared
on other than your work or that of the Mark-Almond Band. Would
also appreciate anything on Blue Mitchell or Freddie Robinson who
both appeared on your Jazz-Blues Fusion album. (which even now
always gets the attention of the uninitiated whenever I put it
on the stereo) Thanks. Andrew D. Rahaim, Esq.
***RESPONSE*** We get questions
on Johnny Almond on a regular basis.
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"ROOM TO MOVE".....
SUBJECT: room to move Dear friends
! I'm writing these words for my uncle Karl in Austria/Europe .
He is a real John Mayall Fan, always trying to play the blues-harp
like him. Therefore he'd like to know what kind of blues-harp (and which tonality) John is playing on "Room To Move". Please let me know, if you can help me. Thanx a lot and greetings from Austria
RESPONSE: John Mayall plays
this song in D flat with an F# harmonica. (Marine Band brand)
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Are there any plans to reissue
the fantastic LP "Moving On" (1973) on CD. After all these years
I still enjoy that album a lot. Thanks for your answer in advance
and a Happy 2002. Jan Hartsink The Netherlands
RESPONSE: Good News! In February 2009 Cherry Red Records released "Moving On" on CD, complete with the original artwork and album notes. You can get it on our Amazon.Com.
To JohnMayall.Com: I noticed on
the web page fanmail section that someone else wrote in about the
early '70's album "Moving On". This was one of my all time favorite
albums. Through time and many moves, I have lost it. I'd love to
see Polydor release it on CD. At the beginning of the album, there
is a voice which sounds suspiciously like Bill Cosby, introducing
the band. Any chance that it actually was? Its a question thats
been bugging me for 20+ years. Thanks, Mike Foley, Cleveland
RESPONSE: John Mayall writes: "Yes indeed. On the album "Moving On", it was Bill Cosby"
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SUBJECT: BLACK BOOK. Hi, can you
help? Many years ago I saw a book featuring well known artists
showing what else they could do and it contained a section on John's
handyman skills and had highlighted a stove or fireplace that he
had built. The cover of the book was black I believe. Can you help
with the author or title?. Tell John and the boys that the two
shows I have seen in England so far have been excellent. I hope
and trust that Johns throat is better. Richard Brown
RESPONSE: Dear Richard: There
WAS a black book, published in 1979. It was called "StarArt", designed
and edited by Debby Chesher. This book featured many musicians'
artwork: John Mayall, Joni Mitchell, Ron Wood, Cat Stevens, Klaus
Voorman and Commander Cody. It did in fact show Mayall's artistic
handiwork. Most noteably: his stone fireplace, the painted pool
bottom, quilts, and his carved guitars. It also featured almost
his entire collection of his paintings and drawings (going back
as far as 1950). All of this work burned up with his house in the
Laurel Canyon fire of 1979. It was lucky that these works were
immortalized in this book, or they would be lost forever. As a
gift to Mayall after the fire, Ms. Chesher had several of the
paintings photographically reproduced in actual sizes and framed.
You might be able to find some old copies of it knocking around
in auctions and used book stores. sincerely,
P.S. Mayall was thrown off by the description as a "Black Book". The paper
book cover was a large black and white collage and drawing by Klaus Voorman
that mimics The Beatles' "Revolver" cover. The hard cover WAS black.
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SUBJECT: TREEHOUSE. Please can you confirm just where the treehouse was that
John used to live in - was it in Cheadle Hulme (which is where I was told it
used to be) or was it in Macclesfield? Cheers. GEMc
RESPONSE: It was in Cheadle
Hulme, at the back of 23 Acre Lane, which at that time extended
back into a field (it doesn't any more--the field AND the tree
are long gone!) Also, as noted a few months ago, John Mayall was
born in Macclesfield, but he never actually lived there.
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