Hubert Sumlin, who gained blues fame as a guitarist for the legendary Howlin' Wolf from about 1954 to 1976, and in more recent years as a solid performer on his own, died today. His death closes yet another window into blues history.
Sumlin had just turned 80 last month. He died in a hospital in Wayne, N.J., reportedly of heart failure.
Here's a very nice tribute to Sumlin written by guitarist Bob Margolin, back in 2003. I haven't seen a full obituary yet on Sumlin, but I'm sure there will be some in the next day or so.
I've seen Sumlin a few times in recent years at blues festivals. He always impressed me with his sharp dressing and smiling demeanor, and especially with his still-snappy guitar work. Another real-deal bluesman who will be missed.
Here's a video: