Blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin passed away yesterday, on December 4th, from heart failure. He just celebrated his 80th birthday on November 16th. Sumlin is best known as the guitarist for Howlin’ Wolf, who he performed with from 1953 until 1976.
In 1970, Howlin’ Wolf and Hubert Sumlin jammed with Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Ian Stewart, Charlie Watts, Steve Winwood and Bill Wyman, in what was called the first blues super sessions in London. The album was released in 1971 as “The London Howlin’ Wolf Sessions” on Chess Records (Universal Music,) and was reissued as a deluxe edition in 2002.
Hubert Sumlin has influenced an entire generation of guitarists, from blues to rock. He’s performed at all three of Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festivals.
Monday, December 5th, 2011
Written by: Mike Withrow
Posted in Blues