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The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

Paul Vaughn Butterfield (December 17, 1942 – May 4, 1987) was an American blues singer and harmonica player. PaulButterfield was born in Chicago and raised in the city's Hyde Park neighborhood. In the early 1960s, Butterfield attended theUniversity of Chicago, where he met aspiring blues guitarist Elvin Bishop. Both began devoting more time to music thanstudies and soon became full-time musicians. Eventually, Butterfield, who sang and played harmonica, and Bishop,accompanying him on guitar, were offered a regular gig at Big John's, an important folk club in the Old Town district onChic ...read more

Paul Vaughn Butterfield (December 17, 1942 – May 4, 1987) was an American blues singer and harmonica player. PaulButterfield was born in Chicago and raised in the city's Hyde Park neighborhood. In the early 1960s, Butterfield attended theUniversity of Chicago, where he met aspiring blues guitarist Elvin Bishop. Both began devoting more time to music thanstudies and soon became full-time musicians. Eventually, Butterfield, who sang and played harmonica, and Bishop,accompanying him on guitar, were offered a regular gig at Big John's, an important folk club in the Old Town district onChicago's north side. With this prospect, they were able to entice bassist Jerome Arnold and drummer Sam Lay (both fromHowlin' Wolf's touring band) into forming a group in 1963. Their engagement at the club was highly successful and broughtthe group to the attention of record producer Paul A. Rothchild. As with many Chicago blues-harp players, Paul Butterfield approached the instrument like a horn, preferring single notes tochords, and used it for soloing. His style has been described as "always intense, understated, concise, and serious" and he is"known for purity and intensity of his tone, his sustained breath control, and his unique ability to bend notes to hiswill".Although his choice of notes has been compared to Big Walter Horton's, he was never seen as an imitator of anyparticular harp player. Rather, he developed "a style original and powerful enough to place him in the pantheon of true bluesgreats". In 2006, Paul Butterfield was inducted into the Blues Foundation Blues Hall of Fame, who noted that "the albums releasedby the Butterfield Blues Band brought Chicago Blues to a generation of Rock fans during the 1960s and paved the way for late1960s electric groups like Cream". In 2012, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band was nominated for (but did not achieve) inductioninto the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, commenting that "the Butterfield Band converted the country-blues purists and turned onthe Fillmore generation to the pleasures of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, Willie Dixon and Elmore James".In October 2013, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band was again announced as a nominee for induction into the Rock and Roll Hallof Fame.

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