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Died On This Date (May 4, 1987) Paul Butterfield / Blues Great

Posted by themusicsover on May 4, 2010

Paul Butterfield
December 17, 1942 – May 4, 1987

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Paul Butterfield was a harmonica player and  singer who was an integral part of the growth of blues rock.  He was also part of the Chicago scene of the early ’60s that introduced the blues to middle class white kids.  He was also one of the few “blues” artists that performed at Woodstock.  In his early days, Butterfield, along with friend Elvin Bishop, played with the likes of Muddy Waters, Junior Wells and Howlin’ Wolf.  He spent the next two decades performing and recording with various versions of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Butterfield suffered a fatal heart attack on May 4, 1987. He was 44.

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2 Responses to “Died On This Date (May 4, 1987) Paul Butterfield / Blues Great”

  1. Ray Davis said

    I loved what Paul Butterfield and his bands did! He opened up a whole new world to me as a young boy/man and showed how the blues could go in many directions. I still listen to him to this day and Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw is still one of my favorites.
    This was my education and he was the professor. Thank you Paul.

    • said

      Awesome Ray! Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment. Yes, he was one of the greatest

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