Maggie Mayall, an American blues singer/songwriter, was the wife of John Mayall, a famous English blues and rock musician, for 33 years. They met in the late 1970s when she was touring with American guitarist Harvey Mandel, and they tied the knot in 1982. They had a son, Samson, before they parted ways in 2011.
She formed Maggie Mayall & The Cadillacs, a blues band with only female members, in 1986, which was well-liked on the West Coast. Later, she became a part of The Housewives, a rock musical-comedy group that sang about topics that were usually avoided. The group’s album, Domestic Rock ‘N’ Roll, came out in 1994, featuring Mayall, Hope Jube, and Lisa Harrison.
In 2006, she released a CD anthology through her record label, Private Stash Records. The album had 24 tracks, which were recordings that spanned her career from 1986 to 2001. She said in a 2012 interview with Michael Limnios Blues Network that “all music is about expressing the human condition.
Bio Of John Mayall’s Ex-Wife, Maggie Mayall
Maggie Mayall’s birthplace was Chicago, where she was born in late 1933 or early 1934. She grew up there with her parents, Lorraine H. Mulacek and Sheldon Mulacek, and her 3 sisters, Tina Painter, Ruby Smith, and Susan Mulacek.
Her sister Susan passed away later in life, as did her mother Lorraine, who died on September 7, 2007, in Woodland Hills, California, at 82 years old.
It is unknown if her father is dead or still alive at the time of writing.
She Started Singing In Her Early Teens
Music and singing were Maggie’s passions from a young age. Maybe it was because of her surroundings, her upbringing, and the kind of music she was exposed to and enjoyed.
She began to sing, especially blues songs, when she was around 14, even though she listened to various genres of music. This makes sense, considering that she had musical theater and classical training. And that’s how she developed a love for the music of the 1960s, especially Big Mama Thornton, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, some old traditional blues tunes, and folk music.
Maggie Met John Mayall In 1978 While Performing With Harvey Mandel, And She Married Him In 1982
The story of how Maggie met John is a memorable one that would stick with the pair or anyone who was around when they first crossed paths. However, the story would not be complete without introducing the American guitarist Harvey Madel, who she was touring with when she met John.
She was living in Chicago when she heard that Mandel needed a male singer, but she auditioned anyway, and he hired her. This was around the late 1970s. In 1978, she was performing with Harvey at a 3-day music festival in Stone Lake, Wisconsin, and she mistakenly hit John Mayall with a tambourine.
They didn’t hit things off immediately until three months later when John hired Mandel’s band to back him up on tour.
After 4 years of dating, the two got married in 1982. They went on to welcome a son named Samson. His date is not known at the moment, but dicytrends.com mentioned he was 17 when his parents divorced in 2011. If this is anything to go by, then it means he was born sometime in 1994.
They Divorced After 33 Years Of Marriage, But Still Remain Friends
Maggie Mayall and John Mayall’s marriage of more than 30 years came to an end in 2011. There is no information available about the cause of the divorce. In 2012, the blues singer/songwriter from Chicago spoke to Michael Limnios Blues Network and said:
I will always cherish the 33 years I spent with John Mayall- both on a personal level and on a professional level…
This only indicates that, even though they are divorced, she respects him.
Where Is She Today?
Maggie was more than just the wife of a blues and jazz legend. She had her musical journey, starting with touring with Harvey Madel in the late 1970s.
She formed Maggie Mayall & The Cadillacs, a rare all-women blues band, in 1986, featuring talented acts like Debbie Davies on guitar, Dana Robbins on saxophone and keyboard, and Maya Ziglar on drums. They never recorded an album, but they impressed audiences on the West Coast with their covers of R&B classics. They also performed All Your Love, a song by Otish Rush that her ex-husband had made famous with his Bluesbreakers.
She also explored her comedic side with The Housewives, a rock musical-comedy group that performed in LA clubs and appeared on several TV shows like The Oprah Winfrey Show. She sang with Hope Juber and Lisa Harrison on the group’s 1994 album Domestic Rock ‘N’ Roll, which had humorous original songs.
- Watch Your Step
- Coupe De Ville Baby
- Work On You
- Superman Man
- Just A Little Bit
She has been out of the spotlight for a long time since her album came out. She has not shared any updates on her current activities, but she has given some interviews about her musical journey.