Blues Great Hubert Sumlin Passes Away

Blues great, Hubert Sumlin, who supported Howlin' Wolf for years before breaking out as a solo artist, passed away on Sunday at St. Joseph's Hospital in Wayne, New Jersey from heart failure. He was 80.

Sumlin began playing guitar at the early age of six and, just a few years later, met Howlin' Wolf when he sneaked into one of his performances. The two kept in touch and, in 1954, the elder bluesman invited Sumlin to join him in Chicago to play second-guitar in his band. Within a year, his lead guitarist, Jody Williams, left and Sumlin moved up to the head position where he would stay (except for a few months playing with Muddy Waters) for the rest of Howlin' Wolf's career.

Upon Howlin' Wolf's death, Sumlin continued for a time with other members of the band as The Wolf Pack before breaking out on his own. He recorded numerous albums for a variety of labels through to the mid-2000's. His last album was 2007's Treblemaker.

Sumlin was recently ranked number 65 on Rolling Stone's list of the greatest guitarists of all time and was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1988.

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