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  Paul Butterfield - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Paul Butterfield (December 17, 1942 – May 4, 1987) was an American blues harmonica player and singer, and one of the earliest Caucasian exponents of the Chicago-originated electric blues style.
Paul Butterfield also took part in an all-star blues jam with Muddy Waters, Otis Spann, Michael Bloomfield, Sam Lay, Donald "Duck" Dunn and Buddy Miles in 1969 which was recorded and released as Fathers And Sons.
Paul Butterfield died from an overdose of heroin in 1987.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Paul_Butterfield   (799 words)

  
 VH1.com : Paul Butterfield : Biography
Paul Butterfield was the first white harmonica player to develop a style original and powerful enough to place him in the pantheon of true blues greats.
Butterfield was born December 17, 1942, in Chicago and grew up in Hyde Park, a liberal, integrated area on the city's South Side.
Butterfield was evolving into a decent singer, and not long after meeting Bishop, he focused all his musical energy on the harmonica, developing his technique (mostly on diatonic harp, not chromatic) and tone; he soon dropped out of college to pursue music full-time.
www.vh1.com /artists/az/butterfield_paul/bio.jhtml   (1719 words)

  
 Paul Butterfield-A Biographical Note by Glenn Weiser
This is the bio note on Paul Butterfield from my harmonica transcription/instruction book Masters of Blues Harp, which has a transcription of The Work Song from East-West (Elektra).
Paul Butterfield, one of the first blues harp players to cross over to rock, was born in 1942 in Chicago, Illinois, and began playing classical flute as a child.
Fronted by Butterfield’s strong vocals and harp and augmented by Bloomfield’s searing guitar, the band landed a deal for their first LP with Electra in 1965, and also backed Bob Dylan when the folk hero famously defected to rock at the Newport Folk festival that year.
www.celticguitarmusic.com /harmbutterfield.htm   (376 words)

  
 Paul Butterfield - Paul Butterfield Blues Harmonica
Dylan's electric band that evening was made up of Butterfield's sidemen, and as a result, in the hagiography of American superstars the Butterfield Band is accorded the status of a footnote on a footnote, sidemen at the birth of folk rock.
It was Paul Butterfield who slit the membrane between the two cultures, the membrane, semi-permeable though it was, which had kept Mainstream America from meeting the most important component of our nation's musical culture.
When Butterfield was on the bandstand Naftalin would take up the spot at the keyboard and play, often unheard for lack of amplification, never quite acknowledged as part of the band, never quite sure if Butterfield approved of his playing or even noticed him.
www.bluesforpeace.com /paul-butterfield.htm   (4634 words)

  
 Blues Access: Paul Butterfield
Butterfield was aware of Bloomfield's playing from his long-standing gig at the Chicago club Big John's, but it wasn't until the band was about to go into the studio to record its first effort with producer Paul Rothchild (recently released as The Lost Elektra Sessions) that Butterfield felt the need for a lead guitarist.
Although Butterfield and Bishop were familiar with him during his days as a student at the University of Chicago, it was while he was studying theory and composition at the Mannes College of Music in New York City that he was asked to join (initiating a long relationship between Mannes and the Butterfield bands).
Butterfield, by letting go of his ego and establishing equality in the group, unleashing his players, and by pushing his musicians to be better while soliciting their input, was expanding the scope of the blues band in the 1960s, much as Muddy had done with his seminal bands of the early 1950s.
www.bluesaccess.com /No_25/butter.html   (2705 words)

  
 The BluesHarp Page:Legends:Paul Butterfield
Butterfield took music lessons (flute) from an early age and by the time he reached high school, was studying with the first-chair flautist of the Chicago Symphony.
Butterfield ran track in high school and was offered a running scholarship to Brown University, which he had to refuse after a serious knee injury.
Butterfield and the six members of the original Paul Butterfield Blues Band made a huge contribution to modern music, turning a whole generation of White music lovers onto the blues as something other than a quaint piece of music history.
www.bluesharp.ca /legends/pbfield.html   (2053 words)

  
 Salon | Sharps and Flats: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
The Butterfield Blues Band was born in Chicago and cultivated its own guitar hero, Mike Bloomfield, who also breathed fire on Bob Dylan's electrical breakthrough, "Highway 61 Revisited." Both Butterfield and Mayall sang and played harmonica, with Butterfield the stronger on both counts.
Butterfield and Bloomfield joined Waters to record 1969's "Fathers and Sons," and it was that two-disc set that introduced rock fans like me to the greatest of all Chicago blues singers.
Butterfield and Bloomfield both died sad deaths fueled by drink and drugs, but in the fire of their youth, they taught us a lot with their brotherhood born of the blues.
www.salon.com /music/sharps/1998/02/17sharps.html   (592 words)

  
 Blues Access: Paul Butterfield
Butterfield was showing signs of serious drug problems and there is no doubt that years of drinking were beginning to take their toll on him physically.
But in fact, this is a tour-de-force presentation of Butterfield's acoustic playing and the finest evidence of his remarkable symbiosis with the instrument and the wellspring and depth of emotion he could spontaneously tap and communicate in his playing.
When the news of Paul Butterfield's death was released to the public in early May of 1987 -- an overdose, resulting from a combination of drugs and alcohol -- it seemed like nothing more than the clichéd ending to another rock'n'roll story.
www.bluesaccess.com /No_31/butter.html   (5011 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Music: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Butterfield's debut CD burst on the scene in 1965 and the blues, rock and pop scene were never the same after it's release.
Butterfield's band was bi-racial with rythym section consisting of Howlin' Wolf Band veterans Jerome Green on bass and the mighty Sam Lay on drums.
I saw this edition of the Butterfield Band twice in concert and their approach to both jazz and blues was so intense that they appeared to be tearing a hole in the fabric of the cosmos itself, armed with the sword of Damocles.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000002GZ1?v=glance   (2192 words)

  
 Butterfield, Paul - Hutchinson encyclopedia article about Butterfield, Paul
Butterfield recorded and toured extensively as a bandleader between 1965–75.
Butterfield also appeared at the Monterey Pop (1967) and Woodstock (1969) Festivals.
This information should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional.
encyclopedia.farlex.com /Butterfield,+Paul   (170 words)

  
 A Tribute To Paul Butterfield by The Ford Blues Band
In the making of this recording a real effort was made to choose songs from Butterfield's first seven releases that would demonstrate both the style and diversity of the man and the bands.
Paul Butterfield was both a great blues harp player and an exceptional blues singer.
Paul Butterfield was the consummate blues man and though he died young he left a legacy that few can rival.
www.bluerockit.com /albums/tribute_pbutterfield.shtml   (263 words)

  
 Message from Paul Butterfield's son   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Hence is a matter of keeping Paul in the faces of all those fans that do make a difference, record labels, producers, museums, living inductees, magazines, assorted organizations and societies.
A petition of this nature also educates those who simply are unaware of Paul Butterfields pinnacle role in the Blues revival and music making history in general.
Obviously, performers who worked with Paul do not feel that the petition is without merit, nor do record companies or professionals in the industry, or they would not have placed their names on the petition.
www.craigslist.org /nby/muc/144742172.html   (563 words)

  
 Blues Harp CDs- Butterfield, Cotton, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Sonny Terry
Butterfield, Paul- "Paul Butterfield Blues Band"- This album features Paul Butterfield on harmonica and vocals.
This first release of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band features 23 year old Paul Butterfield on harmonica.
Paul Butterfield plays some of his best blues harmonica here on some classic Muddy Waters songs.
www.harmonicastore.com /cds_blues.shtml   (1801 words)

  
 Busy Hands Records
Paul moved to Vermont in the heady "back-to-the-land" days of 1971, where he still lives.
Also during this time, Paul found the time to teach a number of workshops and perform demos on 10 top-flight luthiers' steel-string creations at the Newport Guitar Festival in Newport, RI in August (for pix of the Festival, see the photo gallery page #1).
A little while back, Paul received Seven Days magazine's "Best Musician of 2004" Daysie Award (the runner-up was a young up-and-comer named Trey Anastasio...) Also, Maine Public Radio recently aired a live-in-the-studio, featuring reminiscences of early Chicago days, performing philosophy, off-the-cuff guitar interludes, and more.
www.paulasbell.com   (760 words)

  
 Amazon.co.uk: Paul Butterfield Blues Band, the/East-West: Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Butterfield’s harp playing is generally to the fore, but the other musicians also get a chance to open up too.
The late Paul Butterfield from Chicago, Illinois was the first white bluesman to develop a style original and powerful enough to place him in the pantheon of true blues greats.
But Butterfield cleared the way for white musicians to build upon the blues tradition (instead of merely replicating it), and this release combines his first two albums, "The Paul Butterfield Blues Band" from 1965, and 1966s "East-West".
www.amazon.co.uk /exec/obidos/ASIN/B00005OKOW   (614 words)

  
 Homespun Tapes - Paul Butterfield
Paul Butterfield, one of the great blues harmonica players of all time, honed his harp and vocal style in the clubs and bars of his native Chicago, learning directly from great bluesmen such as Muddy Waters, Junior Parker, Sonny Boy Williamson and Little Walter.
His first band, The Butterfield Blues Band, was one of the most powerful and influential groups of the sixties and early seventies.
Paul has played with just about every great blues and rock performer, appearing on numerous albums, TV shows, and concert stages.
www.homespuntapes.com /artists/artistpage.asp?artID=467   (182 words)

  
 newburycomics.com - Paul Butterfield Blues Band : East-West
Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Paul Butterfield (vocals, harmonica); Mike Bloomfield, Elvin Bishop (guitar); Mark Naftalin (piano, organ); Jerome Arnold (bass); Billy Davenport (drums).
The Butterfield Blues Band's 1965 debut was a life-changing experience for a generation of young blues players; this follow-up, while not quite as epochal, can still be credited with influencing just about every underground band then percolating in San Francisco.
In fact, the album's title track is an epic 13-minute modal jam that is an obvious template for what the Airplane, the Dead, Quicksilver, and the rest would be doing a year later.
www.newburycomics.com /rel/v2_viewupc.php?storenr=103&upc=07559607512   (194 words)

  
 Amazon.com: A Tribute to Paul Butterfield: Music: Robben Ford & The Ford Blues Band   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
An original sounding CD that recalls Butterfield in his heyday and the Ford bands performance is nothing short of excellent.
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band was one of the best blues/rock bands bar none when Mike Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop were in the band.
If you like this tribute pick up the double disk Paul Butterfield Blues Band Anthology: The Elektra Years, the original versions of most of the tracks on this tribute disk are included on that compilation.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00005LZP4?v=glance   (1220 words)

  
 Blogcritics.org: Paul Butterfield - "The world was changing"
In 1964 Elektra talent scout and producer Paul Rothchild heard about a group in Chicago that was combining the grit of the blues with the excitement of electric music, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
Butterfield's East-West was one of the albums that set the rock world on its ear - it sounds a bit dated today, but one can still hear the revolutionary quality of the music.
We recently achieved placing him in The Sweet Home chicago tour as part of Year of the Blues and are in the process of establishing The Paul Butterfield Fund/Society dedicated to assisting struggling artsts with emergency relief and medical funds, project support and cultural enrichment projects.
blogcritics.org /archives/2003/10/14/180401.php   (1131 words)

  
 The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
It wasn’t a huge surprise, really; he and Butterfield were never pals, and theirs was always an uneasy alliance based strictly on their shared love of the music they made together and the mutual respect they had for one another’s abilities.
Still, even without Michael Bloomfield the Paul Butterfield Blues Band was a formidable unit (special mention for the ever-so-tasty drum fills of new drummer Phillip Wilson), and The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw was a highly commendable, easily recommendable next step that offered further proof of the band’s ongoing vitality.
The majority of these tracks were recorded in 1964 for what was supposed to be Paul Butterfield's first solo LP, but the album was shelved as the band soon went on to record the more accomplished The Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
www.geocities.com /sfloman/butterfieldbluesband.html   (1137 words)

  
 McBoozo's Drunken Poetry Jam :: Drunk As Hell & Starting To Smell!
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band teamed him up with guitarists Elvin Bishop and Mike Bloomfield, with Jerome Arnold on bass, Sam Lay on drums, and Mark Naftalin playing organ.
In front of all these instruments is Butterfield's harmonica, beautifully dictating a mood and a genuine feel that is no longer existent, even in today's blues music.
This groundbreaking instrumental was the first of its kind and marks the root from which the acid rock tradition emerged.
mcboozo.blogspot.com /2005/10/paul-butterfield-blues-band.html   (564 words)

  
 Paul Butterfield : An Offer You Can't Refuse - Listen, Review and Buy at ARTISTdirect   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Contains six tracks with Butterfield, Smokey Smothers on guitar, Jerome Arnold on bass, and Sam Lay on drums.
This was recorded at Big Johns, the North side Chicago club where the Butterfield Band first played in 1963 -- some two years before the material on the first Paul Butterfield Blues Band album, which was released in 1965.
Butterfield fans will want to find this rare vinyl for musical and historical reasons.
www.artistdirect.com /nad/store/artist/album/0,,59648,00.html   (252 words)

  
 Buy.com - Anthology-Elecktra Years - Paul Butterfield Blues Band - CD
Everyone should own the Paul Butterfield Blues Band's first two albums, groundbreaking works that are among the most important and influential of the '60s.
Singer/harmonica player Paul Butterfield and his band were from Chicago and well-schooled in that city's urban blues scene.
Though Butterfield's salad days were far behind him when he passed away in the late-'80s, he had changed both the blues and rock worlds irrevocably.
www.buy.com /prod/Anthology_Elecktra_Years/q/loc/109/60077068.html   (628 words)

  
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The Paul Butterfield Fund andamp; Society (PBFS) was recently established by Salli Squitieri andamp; Gabriel Butterfield-son of Paul Butterfield, with the assistance of Dan Aykroyd andamp; his wife Donna Dixon-Aykroyd and the sponsorship of Fractured Atlas (www.fracturedatlas.org), a NYC based non-profit art organization.
PBFS is membership supported and dedicated to the preservation andamp; revival of the memory,legacy andamp; many contributions of Paul Butterfield andamp; to the rich traditions of the Blues styles of music through the support of the arts andamp; those involved with the arts.
Additionally, PBFS is working on a series of ongoing PBFS projects and the ongoing development of The PBFS Educational Archival Exhibit representing segments of Paul Butterfield's life and career, which curently includes memorabilia--posters, handbills, tickets, art etc., photographs, videos, music and various personal artifacts of Paul's.
www.geocities.com /butterfieldsociety/classic_blue.html   (182 words)

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