thumb|John McLaughlin? during a Shakti concert John McLaughlin? (born January 4, 1942), also Mahavishnu John McLaughlin?, is a jazz fusion guitar player from Doncaster, Yorkshire in England. He came to prominence with the electric group of Miles Davis in the late 1960s, and with other well-known players such as Chick Corea and Tony Williams.
Before moving to the United States, McLaughlin? recorded Extrapolation (with Tony Oxley and John Surman) in 1969. The album showcased McLaughlin? as a guitarist of great technical virtuosity, power, speed, and inventiveness (such as the ability to play in odd meters).
He moved to the United States in 1969 to join Tony Williams's group Lifetime. He subsequently played with Miles Davis on his landmark albums In A Silent Way, Bitches Brew (which has a track named after...