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Eric Clapton in 1966 with
the famed "Beano 'Burst."

R

enowned music producer Gus Dudgeon had no idea, but
history was in the making. ★ In March of 1966, Dudgeon
was working at London's Decca Studios, set to engineer
a local blues band led by John Mayall. Coming from
pop successes like the Zombies' "She's Not There," he thought
he'd seen it all during the British Invasion until one day when,
per custom, he positioned a microphone near the guitar amp
and began to check sound. But as he watched bewilderedly, Eric
Clapton moved his Marshall far from the mic and turned it up to
the same volume he'd been using for live shows.
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The rest is history - and marks the
advent of the "Bluesbreaker effect." Born
in that blink of an eye 50 years ago, it
was underscored by the contributions of
a guitar triumvirate that invented British
blues/rock - Eric Clapton, Peter Green, and
Mick Taylor.
"The significance of the Bluesbreakers
guitarists in the mid '60s transcended their
work on each of their groundbreaking
albums," said Joe Bonamassa, a guitarist
and keeper of the blues flame. "It was,
for many young guitarists, the gateway to
blues discovery; I remember discovering
Otis Rush from John and Peter's version of
'So Many Roads.' It's amazing that 50-odd

Eric Clapton: David Wedgebury/National Portrait Gallery.

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