In 1960 he started as a guitarist in the local band Jaguars and Opus To Spring. 1962 and 1963 he played with the Hellions, 1964 and 1965 followed the Revolution. In 1966, he was then a roadie for the Spencer Davis Group. He met Chris Blackwell of Iceland Records, through which he got a place in traffic in 1967. For Traffic, he contributed several original compositions, including Hole In My Shoe. However, the end of 1967, there were disagreements between Mason and Steve Winwood on the musical direction of traffic, which is why he left the band.
1968 Mason produced the debut album Music in a Doll 's House by Roger Chapman's band Family. In March of the same year he joined again to traffic. During this time, his most famous composition written for Traffic Feelin ' Allright, but only in the excellent, arranged by the pianist Chris Stainton rock cover version of Joe Cocker became a top hit falls. In the fall, Mason again separated from traffic. He released his first solo single, Just for You / Little Woman and acted as guest musician in the laborious production of the groundbreaking album Electric Ladyland by Jimi Hendrix.
After the short-lived project " Mason, Capaldi, Wood and Frog" Mason moved in 1969 to the United States, where he played with Derek and the Dominos, Cass Elliot, Joe Cocker, David Crosby, Graham Nash and Leon Russell. He also learned Delaney & Bonnie know to their Friends backing band he belonged for a time and for which he wrote Only You Know And I Know.
In 1970 he signed a recording contract with Blue Thumb Records, where he was still in the same year released his solo debut Alone Together. With Cass Elliot in 1971 he took on the plate Dave Mason & Cass Elliot, but flopped. He also participated in Welcome to the Canteen by Traffic and All Things Must Pass by George Harrison.
In 1972, he envisioned a companion volume of Lonnie Turner ( bass), Mark Jordan (keyboards), Felix Falcon (percussion) and Rick Jaeger ( drums), with whom he recorded the album Head Keeper. On the plate Mason combined elements of gospel, folk, country and rhythm and blues. After Dave Mason Is Alive (1973 ), there was disagreement with Blue Thumb Records. With the help of Clive Davis, he got away from both the label and of the associated legal difficulties.
In the same year, he signed with Columbia Records and released in December It's Like You Never Left with guest stars such as Graham Nash and Stevie Wonder, that got very good reviews.
The albums Dave Mason (1974 ), Split Coconut (1975 ), Certified Love (1976 ), Let It Flow (1977 ), Mariposa de Oro (1978) and Old Crest on a New Wave (1980 ), as well as the singles We Just Disagree, Let It Go, Let It Flow, and Will You Love Me Tomorrow. From Let It Flow, on the Stephen Stills also played as a guest star, but he began to use strings, which the reviews were noticeably worse.
Mason worked part-time as a studio musician, for example, Paul McCartney, Phoebe Snow, Graham Nash, Bobby Keys and David Blue. He was also heard in a commercial for Miller Beer.
The 87er album Two Hearts, on which he was backed by Phoebe Snow and Steve Winwood, came no longer in the charts.
In late 1993 he joined Fleetwood Mac on their 95er production time he played along. Later he formed his own band with Rich Campbell ( bass) by Three Dog Night, Bobby Scumaci (keyboards) and Frank Reina (drums). He played as a guest with Buddy Guy, Blood, Sweat & Tears and Poco and toured in 1998 with Jim Capaldi.