Monday, December 17, 2012

Happy Birthday Paul Butterfield!

Today in 1942, blues vocalist and harpist Paul Butterfield was born in Chicago.

Paul picked up the harmonica and started hanging around the famous bluesmen at the time, including Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, the latter which took him into his band for a while. After that he started his own blues band which indlucded guitar great Mike Bloomfield, and the 1965 debut album "The Paul Butterfield Blues Band" is considered of the best albums of all time according to Rolling Stone magazine.

He played at the Woodstock Festival in 1969 with his band, and also performed on Muddy Waters "Fathers & Sons" album, which also featured Buddy Miles, Mike Bloomfield, and Donald "Duck" Dunn alongside Muddy's band.

He was known for his distinctive harmonica playing and passion for the blues. Regretfully he died in 1987 on drug and alcohol abuse.

Here's one of the tracks performed at Woodstock 1969; have a great one Paul!

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.