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The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Impacted A Generation of Young Musicians

In Blues Harmonica, Blues News on August 15, 2013 at 10:39 am

For many white Blues musicians starting out in the 1960s and drawn in by Beatlemania, entry to the genre was led by The Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

American Blues singer and harmonica player Paul Butterfield was, in the words of one of his most famous recordings, ‘born in Chicago’ in 1942 (though the song says “19 and 41”). Paul was raised in the long time home of Barak Obama, Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. He attended a private school and studied classical flute with Walfrid Kujala of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

While that is hardly a standard background for the making of a Blues legend, it was pretty difficult to avoid the Blues in Chicago in the late 1950s…MORE

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