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Paul Butterfield
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    (December 17, 1942-May 4, 1987)
    Born in Chicago, Illinois
    Lead singer and harmonica player for The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Paul Butterfield's Better Days
    Recorded the albums 'The Paul Butterfield Blues Band,' 'East-West,' 'The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw,' 'In My Own Dream,' 'Keep On Moving,' 'Sometimes I Just Feel Like Smilin,' 'Better Days,' 'It All Comes Back,' 'Put It In Your Ear,' 'North-South,' 'The Legendary Paul Butterfield Rides Again'
    Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame (2006) and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (2015)
    He had little commercial success throughout his career.
    His critical acclaim declined after his first two albums.
    His guitarist left his band and became more successful than him.
    People who knew him remember him for being an unfriendly misanthrope.
    He developed a drug addiction in the 80's, which ended up killing him at the age of 44.
    He opened the door for white blues musicians.
    His first two albums are considered classics.
    He performed at Woodstock ('69 and '79 reunion).
    He had a unique and influential harmonica playing style and he wrote a book teaching his harmonica techniques.
    He often worked as a sideman for blues legend Muddy Waters and roots rock legends The Band.

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