Personalities | Hubert Sumlin | Contemporary Era | Jazz & Blues

(Guitar, vocals, b. 1931)

Sumlin’s distinctive riffs are all over Howlin’ Wolf’s classic Chess recordings; Wolf plucked the Greenwood, Mississippi innovator from a band he had started with James Cotton, and Sumlin became an integral part of Wolf’s sound. After Wolf’s death in 1976, Sumlin joined saxophonist Eddie Shaw in his Wolf Gang band and ventured out on his own in 1980, but excessive drinking kept his performances and albums patchy. However, Sumlin sobered up in the late 1990s and has since recorded several successful solo albums, including 2005’s brilliant About Them Shoes.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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