Paul Butterfield, harmonica player
Harmonica player
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

Paul Butterfield

December 17, 1942, Chicago, IL ~ May 4, 1987, Los Angeles, CA

It's impossible to overestimate the importance of the doors Butterfield opened: before he came to prominence, white American musicians treated the blues with cautious respect, afraid of coming off as inauthentic. Not only did Butterfield clear the way for white musicians to build upon blues tradition (instead of merely replicating it), but his storming sound was a major catalyst in bringing electric Chicago blues to white audiences who'd previously considered acoustic Delta blues the only really genuine article. ~ Allmusic: Paul Butterfield ~ retrieved December 12, 2013 © Allmusic

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December 17, 1988 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (5) Anita Baker, Giving You The Best That I Got ~ #2 (6) Poison, EveryRose Has Its Thorn ~ #1 (1) Chicago, Look Away

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Paul Butterfield ~ Inducted in the 2006 Blues Hall Of Fame.

As a Session musician, guest or band member

Bonnie Raitt ~ Give It Up (1972) ~ Ranked #495 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ She took refuge in the studio and churned out gorgeous folksy blues. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band ~ Inducted in the 2015 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ The Butterfield Band converted the country-blues purists and turned on the Fillmore generation to the pleasures of Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Willie Dixon and Elmore James. With the release of their blues-drenched debut album in the fall of 1965, and its adventurous East-West follow-up in the summer of 66, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band kicked open a door that brought a defining new edge to rock and roll. ~ 2015 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band ~ The Paul Butterfield Blues Band (1965) ~ Ranked #468 Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012 ~ Where American white kids got the notion they could play the blues. ~ 2012 © Rolling Stone



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