If there wasn’t a Hubert Sumlin, there probably never would have been a Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page or Eric Clapton.
Sumlin, ranked in Rolling Stone’s top 100 guitarists of all time, died Sunday of heart failure at age 80. He was Howlin’ Wolf’s guitarist from the mid ’50s until Wolf’s death in 1976. His signature style changed the music we all listen to, with songs like “Smokestack Lightning,” “Wang Dang Doodle,” “Spoonful,” “Back Door Man,” “Hidden Charms” , “Three Hundred Pounds of Joy,” the vicious “Killing Floor.”
AMFM had the honor and privilege of speaking with Sumlin about his early years with Howlin Wolf during an interview for Nuno’s RWB Festival in 2006. A lovely gentleman, he reminisces about the earliest days with Howlin’ Wolf as we listen with and Nuno Vasconcellos, Jr. R.I.P. Hubert, “Heaven Done Called Another Blues Stringer Back Home.”