facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin dead at 80

Dec. 6, 2011 at 8:17 PM   |   Comments

| License Photo
WAYNE, N.J., Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Famed blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin has died of heart failure in Wayne, N.J., his agent said. He was 80.

The Chicago Tribune confirmed his Sunday death, but did not report the circumstances of it.

Sumlin is best known for his work with Chester Arthur Burnett, known as Howlin' Wolf, from the early 1950s until Burnett's death in 1976.

"He's the one that shaped that Howlin' Wolf sound," Chicago musician Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater told the Tribune. "On tunes like 'Shake for Me' and 'Smokestack Lightning' -- that was the Howlin' Wolf sound, and Hubert's guitar made it."

The New York Times noted musicians Keith Richards, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Robbie Robertson and Eric Clapton have all credited Sumlin as an influence on their own music.

The Mississippi native and multiple Grammy Award nominee worked as a bandleader and vocalist, as well. His last gig was in October at the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Ark., his agent, Hugh Southard, told the Tribune.

The Times said Sumlin was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 2008. The newspaper also noted Rolling Stone magazine recently mentioned him on a roster of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

Southard said Sumlin will be buried next to his wife Willie B. "Bea" Reed Sumlin in Washington Memory Gardens Cemetery, in Homewood, Ill., the Tribune said. Bea died in 1999.

© 2011 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
Matt Damon set to reprise "Jason Bourne" role Matt Damon set to reprise "Jason Bourne" role
2
Robin Thicke's attorney issues statement about his client's leaked deposition video Robin Thicke's attorney issues statement about his client's leaked deposition video
3
Lindsay Lohan implies she handled Whitney Houston's body bag Lindsay Lohan implies she handled Whitney Houston's body bag
4
Naya Rivera slammed in new song by ex-fiancé Big Sean Naya Rivera slammed in new song by ex-fiancé Big Sean
5
Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne spotted at London Fashion Week Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne spotted at London Fashion Week
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback