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Hubert Sumlin - R.I.P.


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Not surprising at all. Mick, Keef and the boys have always felt that they owe a huge debt to the Chicago bluesmen. . . .their band's name came from a Muddy Waters song - one of Hubert's employers over the years (after one of the hundred or so times that Howlin' Wolf fired him). I've personally seen Muddy, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Otis Rush, and Luther Allison, all from Chicago, opening for the Stones over the past 40+ years. Keith played on Hubert's last studio album, and Charlie and Bill Wyman recorded with him back in the 70s on Howlin Wolf's London album. The band were long-time friends of his.

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Sumlin, though well respected, could never write/arrange/produce/play multi-instruments/sing lead and backing vocals on a song that makes you feel like you are swaying back and forth on a lobster ship...

Hubert just didn't have it in him...and he would be the first to tell you that.

Heck, even Marty McFly can play a cool blues riff...

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