1953 to 2011
November 16, 1931
December 4, 2011
Chicago, IL, United States
Hubert Sumlin (born November 16, 1931, died December 4, 2011) was a blues guitar player known as a both a solo artist and central element in Howlin' Wolf's backup band. Listed in Rolling Stone's The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, he is cited as a major influence by many artists, including Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmy Page, and Elliott Sharp. Hubert taught Stevie Vaughn to play many of his signature tunes while living in Austin, TX in the late 1970's. Born in Greenwood, Mississippi, Sumlin was raised in Hughes, Arkansas. As a boy, Sumlin met Howlin' Wolf (Chester Burnett) by sneaking into a performance.
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