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Clapton and Richards Howl for Hubert

27 Feb 2012

Clapton and Richards Howl for Hubert

Hubert Sumlin, legendary blues player and long-time guitarist with Howlin' Wolf, was remembered at a Memorial concert at the New York Apollo on Friday, February 24th. Eric Clapton and Keith Richards joined together on stage to perform a cover of 'Going Down Slow', as well as revisiting 'Spoonful' and 'Little Red Rooster' which Cream and The Rolling Stones covered in the Sixties.

'Warm, humorous and always encouraging, (Hubert Sumlin) was a gentleman of the first order.' - Keith Richards

The legendary blues player served as an inspiration for generations of musicians including Buddy Guy, Billy Gibbons, Warren Haynes, Jimmie Vaughan, Derek Trucks, and Elvis Costello, who also paid tribute at the concert. Keith Richards and Mick Jagger were huge admirers of Sumlin and insisted on paying for his funeral in December (2011). Proceeds from Friday's concert will go to the Jazz Foundation to help blues and jazz musicians in need and continue Sumlin's musical legacy.

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