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Paul Butterfield

 

The distorted squall of harmonica blues that drives songs such as “Born in Chicago” made Paul Butterfield one of the most influential characters in introducing young white audiences to electric blues in the 1960s. Alongside other Chicago blues icons like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, Butterfield fused 12-bar blues forms with elements of rock and hard-driving RnB for a sound that became synonymous with their hometown.

Unlike other Chicago icons, Butterfield was white, affluent and classically schooled. After studying flute as a youth, he entered the University of Chicago, where he eventually put together a band with Elvin Bishop and Mike Bloomfield and signed to Elektra for a 1965 debut. His influence peaked in the late ’60s, when he played both the Monterey Pop Festival and Woodstock, and though his popularity declined through the ’70s and ’80s, he continued to perform widely until his death from a heart attack in 1987.

His pivotal impact on rock music can be heard in the bluesy overtones of seminal classic rock from bands like the Rolling Stones, the Animals and the Yardbirds, as well as garage-rock revivalists like the White Stripes and Black Keys. – Nate Cavalieri


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9 Comments for 'Paul Butterfield'

  1.  
    Law Man
    September 13, 2009 | 8:32 pm
     

    What are your favorite PAUL BUTTERFIELD albums?
    If you list more than one album, please put them in the order of your preference.

  2.  
    Melting Media Redux
    September 14, 2009 | 1:34 am
     

    East/West
    The Resurrection Of Pigboy Crabshaw

    Chatty: "Pigboy Crabshaw" was Elvin Bishop’s nickname when he was a guitarist in the band. He was from Oklahoma and they teased him a lot.
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    Hound Dog Taylor Fan
    September 14, 2009 | 1:36 am
     

    The Original Lost Elektra Sessions
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    martin couch
    September 14, 2009 | 1:38 am
     

    The Paul Butterfield Blues Band- " " (epon.)
    The Paul Butterfield Blues Band- East/West
    Paul Butterfield’s Better Days- " " (epon.)
    Paul Butterfield’s Better Days- It All Comes Back
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  5.  
    Eric T
    September 14, 2009 | 1:40 am
     

    The 1st just called "the Paul Butterfield Blues Band" just kicks butt for raw energy and the recording quality (vinyl).
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    Kman
    September 14, 2009 | 1:42 am
     

    An Anthology: The Elektra Years
    The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw
    East-West
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    chatty
    September 14, 2009 | 1:44 am
     

    I have seen the PIGBOY album but that name was irritating.
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    The irritation gland was aroused so much by the album name it kept me from listening to the songs.

  8.  
    mighty_whitey
    September 14, 2009 | 1:46 am
     

    Gotta be the first one- that’s the album that started it all for me. As an eighth grader in the 60s I was all about rock’n’roll. Then one day after an extra-curricular school club meeting a few of us adjourned to the teacher’s house for a little extra-extra curricular activity. At one point she sat me down, put head phones on my ears, said "listen to this", and "Born in Chicago" exploded into my brain. At that instant I became a blues fan, and it’s carried me through good times and bad.
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  9.  
    frenchgary48
    September 14, 2009 | 1:48 am
     

    East/west
    Golden Butter
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