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Blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin dead at 80

Blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin dead at 80

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.

Shepherd: Guitar show honors Hendrix

NEW YORK, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- The Experience Hendrix tour traveling the United States gives people a chance to learn about the late rocker Jimi Hendrix, singer Kenny Wayne Shepherd says.

Eric Clapton plans Dallas guitar festival

DALLAS, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Guitar legend Eric Clapton has organized a three-day guitar festival in Dallas the weekend of June 4 to benefit the substance abuse center he founded.

New King of the blues

NEW YORK, June 18 (UPI) -- Chris Thomas King is the New Face of the Blues in this congressionally-declared centennial celebration "Year of the Blues."
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Rock News: Music's high and low notes

The Mystic Knights of Mau Mau have announced the lineup for the second annual Ponderosa Stomp, which will take place April 29 through May 1 at the Rock'N'Bowl Mid City Lanes in New Orleans.
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Rock News Two: The week in pop

Spin readers cast their ballots in the Spin Readers Poll 2002; results will be published in the February issue, on newsstands Jan. 14.
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Rock News: Music's high and low notes

England's legendary Yardbirds is putting the finishing touches on its first new studio recording since "Little Games" in 1968. The new Yardbirds album, "Birdland," will be released April 22 on Favored Nations Recordings.
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Rock News Two: The week in pop

Eminem's "Lose Yourself" single from the "8 Mile" soundtrack tops the Billboard Hot 100 for the fourth straight week.
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Rock News: Music's high and low notes

Blues guitar master Hubert Sumlin is recovering at New York's Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center following the removal of a lung last Thursday for treatment of lung cancer.
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It's Only Rock 'n' Roll

Sean Costello is sitting in the cramped dressing room of Terra Blues, a second-floor walkup blues club in New York's Greenwich Village, in between sets on a wee
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Hubert Sumlin
Blues guitar legend, Hubert Sumlin performs at the Les Paul and Friends 90th birthday celebration in Universal City, California February 7, 2006. Les Paul was unable to attend the celebration as he was in the hospital with a case of pneumonia. (UPI Photo/Michael Tweed)

Hubert Sumlin (born November 16, 1931) is an American blues guitarist and singer, best known for his celebrated work, from 1955, as guitarist in Howlin' Wolf's band. His singular playing is characterized by "wrenched, shattering bursts of notes, sudden cliff-hanger silences and daring rhythmic suspensions". Listed in Rolling Stone's The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Sumlin continues to tour and play blues guitar. He is cited as a major influence by many artists, including Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Robbie Robertson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmy Page, and Jimi Hendrix.

Born in Greenwood, Mississippi, Sumlin was raised in Hughes, Arkansas. When he was eight years old, he got his first guitar. As a boy, Sumlin first met Howlin' Wolf (Chester Burnett) by sneaking into a performance. When Burnett relocated from Memphis to Chicago in 1953, his long-time guitarist Willie Johnson chose not to join him. Upon his arrival in Chicago, Wolf first hired Chicago guitarist Jody Williams, and in 1954 Wolf invited Sumlin to relocate to Chicago to play second guitar in his Chicago-based band. Williams left the band in 1955, leaving Sumlin as the primary guitarist in Wolf's band, a position he held almost continuously (except for a brief spell playing with Muddy Waters c. 1956) for the remainder of Wolf's career. Upon Wolf's death in 1976, Sumlin continued on with several other members of the late Burnett's band under the name "The Wolf Pack" until c. 1980. Sumlin has also recorded under his own name, beginning with a session recorded while touring Europe with Burnett in 1964. His latest effort is About Them Shoes, released in 2005 by Tone Cool Records. He underwent lung removal surgery in 2004 but is still going strong as of 2008.

Early influences that affected Hubert Sumlin's style of play at a young age have been cited by him as, primarily, Muddy Waters, Charley Patton, Robert Lockwood, Jr. and Robert Johnson.

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