Re: Paul Butterfield

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Posted by george on April 26, 2002 at 17:56:12:

In Reply to: Paul Butterfield posted by Brian on April 25, 2002 at 17:51:47:

: I was wondering if any of you harp players out there
: are old enough to know what "happened" to Paul Butterfield.
: I always liked his harp playing when he stayed close to
: his blues roots. East-West had some great harp riffs on
: it (Work Song is still a classic). But one of my favorites
: has to be his harp work with Muddy Waters on Fathers and Sons.
: In the late 70's I bought the Muddy Waters "Woodstock" album
: and I must say that Paul's harp work is rather bland on
: this album. I seem to recall that Paul committed suicide
: sometime in the mid 80's but I'm not sure if that is correct.
: Anyway I was just wondering if anyone remembers the tale
: about how such a magnificient blues harp player faded from
: the scene to disappear way before his time.

: Brian yep Brian Paul was truly a great harp player and your right his performance at woodstock was virtually non existent > I think Paul just got caught up in the times like all the other musicians of that era (clapton is one that comes to mind real quick w/cream but he did go on after that and did record some nice things and his playing on The Last Waltz with The Band was great I think his playing ranks amongst the top though from what i remember and i could easily be wrong is that he was ill

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