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The Paul Butterfield Blues Band

With a style honed in the gritty blues bars of Chicago's south side, the Butterfield Blues Band was instrumental in bringing the sound of authentic Chicago blues to a young white audience in the mid-'60s, and although the band wasn't a particularly huge commercial success, its influence has been enduring and pervasive. The band was formed when singer and harmonica player Paul Butterfield met guitarist and fellow University of Chicago student Elvin Bishop in the early '60s. Bonding over a love of the blues, the pair managed to hijack Howlin' Wolf's rhythm section (bassist Jerome Arnold and drummer Sam Lay) and began gigging in the city's blues houses, where they were spotted in 1964 by producer Paul Rothchild, who quickly had them signed to Elektra Records. Guitar whiz Mike Bloomfield joined the band just before they entered the studio to record their debut album (and in time to be on-stage with the group when they backed up Bob Dylan at his infamous electric set at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival). Organist and pianist Mark Naftalin also came on board during the sessions for the self-titled The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, which was released by Elektra late in 1965. Lay became ill around this time, and his drum chair was taken by Billy Davenport, whose jazz and improvisational background came in handy during the recording of the band's second album, the Ravi Shankar-influenced East-West, released in 1966. Bloomfield departed to form Electric Flag in 1967, and Bishop handled all the lead guitar on the more R&B-oriented third album, The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw, which was released later that year and featured an entirely new rhythm section of Bugsy Maugh on bass and Phil Wilson on drums. Bishop and Naftalin left the band following the recording of 1968's In My Own Dream, and Butterfield drafted in 19-year-old guitarist Buzzy Feiten to help with the recording of 1969's Keep On Moving, which also featured the return of drummer Billy Davenport. After a live album in 1970 and the lackluster Sometimes I Just Feel Like Smilin', released in 1971, Butterfield put the band to rest. In retrospect, the Butterfield Blues Band had pretty much put their cards on the table in their first two albums, both of which are classics of the era, featuring a heady mixture of folk, rock, psychedelia, and even Indian classical music played over an embedded base of good old Chicago blues. ~ Steve Leggett
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Complete Albums 1965-1980

Disc 1

1. Born In Chicago

2. Shake Your Money-Maker

3. Blues With A Feeling

4. Thank You Mr. Poobah

5. I Got My Mojo Working

6. Mellow Down Easy

7. Screamin'

8. Our Love Is Drifting

9. Mystery Train

10. Last Night

11. Look Over Yonders Wall

Disc 2

1. Walkin' Blues

2. Get Out Of My Life, Woman

3. I Got A Mind To Give Up Living

4. All These Blues

5. Work Song

6. Mary, Mary

7. Two Trains Running

8. Never Say No

Disc 3

1. One More Headache

2. Driftin' And Driftin'

3. Pity The Fool

4. Born Under A Bad Sign

5. Run Out Of Time

6. Double Trouble

7. Drivin' Wheel

8. Droppin' Out

9. Tollin' Bells

Disc 4

1. Last Hope's Gone

2. Mine To Love

3. Get Yourself Together

4. Just To Be With You

5. Mornin' Blues

6. Drunk Again

7. In My Own Dream

Disc 5

1. Love March

2. No Amount Of Loving

3. Morning Sunshine

4. Losing Hand

5. Walkin' By Myself

6. Except You

7. Love Disease

8. Where Did My Baby Go

9. All In A Day

10. So Far So Good

11. Buddy's Advice

12. Keep On Moving

Disc 6

2. Love Disease (Live @ The Troubadour, Los Angeles)

3. The Boxer (Live @ The Troubadour, Los Angeles)

4. No Amount Of Loving (Live @ The Troubadour, Los Angeles)

6. Intro To Musicians (Live @ The Troubadour, Los Angeles)

8. I Want To Be With You (Live @ The Troubadour, Los Angeles)

9. Born Under A Bad Sign (Live @ The Troubadour, Los Angeles)

10. Get Together Again (Live @ The Troubadour, Los Angeles)

11. So Far, So Good (Live @ The Troubadour, Los Angeles)

13. Nobody's Fault But Mine (Live @ The Troubadour, Los Angeles)

15. All In A Day (Live @ The Troubadour, Los Angeles)

16. Feel So Bad (Live @ The Troubadour, Los Angeles)

17. Except You (Live @ The Troubadour, Los Angeles)

18. You've Got To Love Her With A Feeling (Live @ The Troubadour, Los Angeles)

Disc 7

1. Play On

2. 1000 Ways

3. Pretty Woman

4. Little Piece Of Dying

5. Song For Lee

6. Trainman

7. Nightchild

8. Drowned In My Own Tears

9. Blind Leading The Blind (Remastered 97' Version)

Disc 8

1. Good Morning Little School Girl

2. Just To Be With You

3. Help Me

4. Hate To See You Go

5. Poor Boy

6. Nut Popper #1

7. Everything's Gonna Be All Right

8. Lovin' Cup

9. Rock Me

10. It Hurts Me Too

11. Our Love Is Driftin'

12. Take Me Back Baby

13. Mellow Down Easy

14. Ain't No Need To Go No Further

15. Love Her With A Feeling

16. Piney Brown Blues

17. Spoonful

18. That's All Right

19. Goin' Down Slow

Disc 9

1. New Walkin' Blues

2. Please Send Me Someone To Love

3. Broke My Baby's Heart

4. Done A Lot Of Wrong Things

5. Baby Please Don't Go

6. Buried Alive In The Blues

7. Rule The Road

8. Nobody's Fault But Mine

9. Highway 28

Disc 10

1. Too Many Drivers

2. It's Getting Harder To Survive

3. If You Live

4. Win Or Lose

5. Small Town Talk

6. Take Your Pleasure Where You Find It

7. Poor Boy

8. Louisiana Flood

9. It All Comes Back

Disc 11

1. You Can Run But You Can't Hide

2. (If I Never Sing) My Song

3. The Animal

4. The Breadline

5. Ain't That A Lot Of Love

6. I Don't Wanna Go

7. Day To Day

8. Here I Go Again

9. The Flame

10. Watch 'Em Tell A Lie

Disc 12

1. I Get Excited

2. Get Some Fun In Your Life

3. Footprints On The Windshield Upside Down

4. Catch A Train

5. Bread And Butterfield

6. Living In Memphis

7. Slow Down

8. I Let It Go (To My Head)

9. Baby Blue

Disc 13

1. Intro (Live In White Lake, N.Y. 1/18/69)

3. No Amount Of Loving (Live In White Lake, N.Y. 1/18/69)

5. Morning Sunrise (Live In White Lake, N.Y. 1/18/69)

6. All In A Day (Live In White Lake, N.Y. 1/18/69)

8. Everything's Gonna Be Alright (Live In White Lake, N.Y. 1/18/69)

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Bob Dylan. ( Robert. Zimmerman) said. Michael Bloomfield. Was the. Best. Guitar. Player. He. Ever heard!!!!!!
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xmfrederique - Paul Butterfield died on my birthday in 1987 of a heroin overdose. We lost a great one that day.
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Robert Brenner and johnscott820 , what are you looking at the bio is right here (above).
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xmfrederique
The PB Blues Band put out an album about a year ago.
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xmfrederique
Excuse me, But PB is still alive and well!!! If he was deceased, it would be news to him. Apparently he had throat cancer some time ago and can no longer sing... . But he still plays a badass harp!!!
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Congratulati o n s , I guess.
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Ca p
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Paul Butterfield is one of the best and underrated bands of that era
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Butterfield & Bloomfield both played with the greats like Buddy Guy & Muddy Waters. Both were Jewish. Both O D ed on heroin. Eric Clapton praised Bloomfield as the greatest guitarist he had ever heard. Check out "East West".
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Paul Butterfield, born in Chicago, 1940 & 1. The only harpist that can compare to the great John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson. Butterfield died of a heroin overdose after Michael Bloomfield also died of a heroin overdose.
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Yeah. .... where is the Bio ? I know he had other albums.
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On the ballot again this year. Fan poll is up.
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how come no Bio

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