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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

R.I.P. Hubert Sumlin

Posted By on Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Hubert Sumlin died Sunday at the age of 80.
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  • Hubert Sumlin died Sunday at the age of 80.

Hubert Sumlin, the legendary blues guitarist who grew up in Hughes (St. Francis County) and provided spooky, scorching accompaniment to Howlin' Wolf, died Sunday of heart failure. He was 80.

His last performance was at the King Biscuit Blues Festival in October.

According to this story in the Chicago Tribune, Sumlin lost his two front teeth in Little Rock in the 1950s, when an angry Wolf shoved him down a hill for missing a gig.

After the jump, a couple of videos, including one of Sumlin offering tips on how to play "Smokestack Lightnin'" — easily one of the most recognizable guitar lines of all time.

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