Paul Vaughn Butterfield is an American harmonica player, singer and conductor. After his initial training as a classical flute player, he became interested in blues harmonica. He explored the blues scene in his hometown of Chicago, where he met Muddy Waters and other big names of blues, who encouraged him and the opportunity to participate in social gatherings. He soon started performing with blues passionate colleagues Nick Gravenites and Elvin Bishop. In 1963, he formed the Blues Paul Butterfield Band, recording several successful and famous albums at concerts and festivals in the late 1960s, with performances in Fillmore West, San Francisco; Fillmore East, New York; Monterey Pop Festival; and Woodstock. The group is known for combining Chicago blues with emergency rock and their avant-garde jazz mix concerts and performances.
|Birth name||Paul Vaughn Butterfield|
|Born||December 17, 1942, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|Died||May 4, 1987, North Hollywood, California|
|Genres||Blues rock, Chicago blues, blue-eyed soul|
|Instruments||Harmonica, vocals, guitar|
|Associated acts||The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Paul Butterfield's Better Days|
|IMDb||Paul Butterfield's IMDb|
Best known for his work with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, this blues, rock, soul and jazz fusion singer and harmonica player has released popular albums like East-West, Keep On Moving and The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw. With his second band, Better Days from Paul Butterfield, he released a few more recordings.
During his early years he trained as a classical flute player and also a music star in high school. During the early years of his musical career, he studied at the University of Chicago.
His series of peritonitis surgeries led to his addiction to pain relievers. Sadly, he died of an overdose of heroin at the age of forty-four.
He was born into an Irish Catholic family in Chicago, Illinois. Later, he lived in Woodstock, New York with his wife Kathy and son Lee.
He is a friend and music collaborator of blues singer Maria Muldaur.
- Illinois Blues Musicians
- University of Chicago Laboratory School alumni
- Chicago blues musicians
- Blues musicians
- American blues harmonica player
- Electric blues musician
- Elektra Records Artists
- Chicago singer
Latest information about Paul Butterfield updated on May 10 2021.