Hubert Sumlin

Genres: Blues
Tags: blues chicago blues classic blues blues guitar guitarist Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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16 November 1931, Greenwood, Mississippi, USA. One of 11 children, Sumlin’s mother saved hard to buy him an $8 guitar when he was a child. Renowned for his guitar work, particularly in support of his mentor Howlin’ Wolf, Hubert Sumlin began his career in the Mississippi juke-joints. He joined Jimmy Cotton and first met Wolf when he was 19 in Memphis where he worked with him briefly before following him to Chicago in 1954. His occasionally stormy relationship with Wolf lasted until the latter’s death, although on Wolf’s obsequies he is listed as a son. He was in Europe with Wolf on the AFBF of 1964 and later worked with other bluesmen including Eddie Taylor and Muddy Waters.

Sumlin was devastated when Wolf died in 1976 and stopped working for a number of months. He was encouraged to start performing again and since then has pursued his career under his own name, often working with alumni of Wolf’s band. Never a...

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