Saturday, December 10, 2011
An inspiration to Jimmy Page, Robbie Robertson, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Jimi Hendrix, legendary blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin passed away this week at 80. Richards and Mick Jagger are paying for Sumlin’s funeral. The longtime guitarist for Howlin’ Wolf, Sumlin was renowned for his emotional, slashing solos on many blues classics. He is listed as 43rd on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists list. Above, Sumlin and vocalist David Johansen perform Howlin’ Wolf’s “Killing Floor.” To hear a tribute to Hubert Sumlin, listen to the second half of the December 9 St. James Infirmary music show, hosted by my friend Dr. Michael Mand.