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Another blues legend dies...



Blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin, who played with Howlin' Wolf and inspired the likes of Eric Clapton, has died at the age of 80 years old. He was with Howlin' Wolf for the best part of 20 years - his guitar can be heard on tracks such as the 1956 hit, Smokestack Lightnin'.

Hubert Sumlin was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 2008 and was recently included in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. Jimi Hendrix  was heavily  influenced by Hubert's use of distortion on recordings from the late 1950s, and Eric Clapton and Rolling Stone Keith Richards appeared on one of his  solo albums, "About Them Shoes", in 2004.

Hubert  was born in 1931 in Mississippi but was raised in Arkansas, and met Howlin' Wolf as a teenager, after sneaking into one of the blues legends gigs. They first recorded together in 1953.

Three tracks written and arranged by Chicago blues musician Willie Dixon appeared on Howlin' Wolf's self-titled 1962 album, which respected critic Greil Marcus described as "the finest of all Chicago blues albums". The songs, "Back Door Man", "Spoonful" and "The Red Rooster" became more famous later on when they were covered by The Doors, Cream and the Rolling Stones.
  
Hubert Sumlin and Howlin' Wolf collaborated until the singer's death in 1976.  In a 1989 magazine interview, Hubert  said: "Hubert was Wolf, Wolf was Hubert. I got to where I knew what he wanted before he asked for it, because I could feel the man."

Thanks to Dave Allen for letting me know the sad news.


Hubert Sumlin was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 2008 and was recently included in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. Jimi Hendrix  was heavily  influenced by Hubert's use of distortion on recordings from the late 1950s, and Eric Clapton and Rolling Stone Keith Richards appeared on one of his  solo albums, "About Them Shoes", in 2004.

Hubert  was born in 1931 in Mississippi but was raised in Arkansas, and met Howlin' Wolf as a teenager, after sneaking into one of the blues legends gigs. They first recorded together in 1953.

Three tracks written and arranged by Chicago blues musician Willie Dixon appeared on Howlin' Wolf's self-titled 1962 album, which respected critic Greil Marcus described as "the finest of all Chicago blues albums". The songs, "Back Door Man", "Spoonful" and "The Red Rooster" became more famous later on when they were covered by The Doors, Cream and the Rolling Stones.
  
Hubert Sumlin and Howlin' Wolf collaborated until the singer's death in 1976.  In a 1989 magazine interview, Hubert  said: "Hubert was Wolf, Wolf was Hubert. I got to where I knew what he wanted before he asked for it, because I could feel the man."

Thanks to Dave Allen for letting me know the sad news.