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A reunion concert several members of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band
When speaking of white parents blues, figures that come to mind are those of musicians like John Mayall and Alexis Korner, who developed the genre in England. But there was also a white American musician who played a pioneering role in the dissemination of blues music in the mid 60s. His name was Paul Butterfield and could not have gone to a better place for a blues lover because he was born in the city of Chicago, in 1941. Before age 20, Paul Butterfield was already a harmonica virtuoso.
His skills were able to overcome the racial barrier and soon found himself playing with Buddy Guy sets and Howlin 'Wolf. In 1964 Butterfield forms his own blues band, and hires two very young guitar virtuosos: a-little later- Elvin Bishop and Mike Bloomfield.
The latter also played as a resident at a club in Chicago and in those days was to work as a session with Bob Dylan in his first electric albums. The chemistry between the two guitarists resulted counterpoints memorable scene and discs. The band, which was interracial at a time when this was not commonly was completed by Jerome Arnold on bass, Mark Naftalin on organ and piano and Sam Lay on drums The first repertoire of Paul Butterfield Blues Band was prepared based on covers Celebrity blues and mid-1965 he published his first album which included a classic live performances as "Born in Chicago".
Paul Butterfield - harp vocals
Mike Bloomfield - guitar
Mark Naftalin - piano
John Kahn - bass
Billy Mundi - drums