The Story Of John Lennon, Keith Richards, And Eric Clapton’s Supergroup The Dirty Mac

It almost seems mythical when big names of the rock and roll world come to jam together from time to time. Hearing icons is a big deal for the fans, but hearing a few icons establish a relationship and play their music together gives a whole different level of satisfaction. Back in 1968, a supergroup that had the potential to change the direction of the music world was formed. If they had released their footage earlier, it would not be hard to predict that they would have ruled the music world singlehandedly.

In 1968, several prominent bands rocked the world with their music and established a long-lasting career. Among them were The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and names like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and more. One day, the members of Cream, The Rolling Stones, and The Beatles had an explosive idea. John Lennon, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, and Mitch Mitchell from the Jimi Hendrix Experience came together to form a supergroup named The Dirty Mac.

The Formation Of The Dirty Mac

The supergroup’s name came from a pun directed at Fleetwood Mac’s name, yet the reason for the pun is unknown. They formed the group and began performing together. They performed some Beatles compositions like ‘Yer Blues’ and ‘Whole Lotta Yoko.’ John Lennon sang, Eric Clapton played the guitar, Keith Richards the bass, and Mitch Mitchell took his place in the drums, and the band gave only one performance.

The idea behind the band is unknown, and their intentions were not clear. However, Lennon was filmed sitting and chatting with Jagger before performing in Our World TV special in 1967. He introduced the other supergroup members with their names and called himself ‘Winston Leg-Thigh,’ which became his nickname while he was in the band.

Did The Dirty Mac Continue Together?

The main performance of the bands was in 1968 on The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus TV special. The program also featured The Rolling Stones, The Who, Jethro Tull, Taj Mahal, and Marianne Faithfull. However, the production was not successful, the musicians ended up being exhausted, and the quality of the performances decreased immensely. The equipment was problematic, and the program ran much longer than expected.

All crew members were exhausted, and the result was not satisfying. Reluctant to put something ‘average’ out there, Mick Jagger didn’t permit it to be aired until 1996, 28 years later. The band did not take the stage after that, so the public only saw them 28 years after the event. One can’t help but wonder what would have happened if they decided to air it after its making and think about all the potential collaborations and albums that could have been produced.