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Monday, December 5, 2011

HOWLIN' WOLF - TAIL DRAGGER (IN TRIBUTE TO HUBERT SUMLIN)


First the great Howard Tate, now the incredible Hubert Sumlin has passed.

Hubert Sumlin joined forces with Howlin' Wolf in 1955 and added some of the most sophisticated and ripping lead guitar work in all of electric blues. Sumlin had a way with phrasing on guitar that simply cannot be duplicated; he created his own musical fingerprint that was as unique as a strand of DNA. for all of his primitive vocal wailing, Wolf had the unique foresight to send Sumlin for classical guitar training after he relocated to Chicago from Greenwood, Mississippi to join Wolf's band.

Just take a listen to the intro Sumlin plays on this track; it's pure genius. Hubert Sumlin was the last of the breed that could do it.

from 1964...

HOWLIN' WOLF - TAIL DRAGGER


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2 comments:

DrunkenHobo said...

And who can not love the Wolf! Great stuff

Anonymous said...

RIP Mr. Sumlin.

One of the greats.

Gotta go now & dig out my old vinyl "Rockin' Chair Album" and give a listen to Hubert and Howlin Wolf in memoriam.