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Paul Butterfield was an American blues harmonica player and singer born 1942 in Chicago, Illinois. After early training as a classical flautist, Butterfield developed an interest in blues harmonica and became immersed in the Chicago blues scene. He met legends such as Muddy Waters and began jamming with fellow enthusiasts Nick Gravenites, Elvin Bishop and Michael Bloomfield. In 1963 he formed the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, which was popular on the late 1960s concert and festival circuit, with performances at Fillmore West, Fillmore East, Monterey Pop Festival and Woodstock. The band's first three albums, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, East-West and The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw, are all masterpieces of electric Chicago blues. East-West incorporated Indian raga influences and some of the earliest jazz-rock excursions, with extended solos by Butterfield and guitarists Mike Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop. It has been described as "the first of its kind and the root from which the acid-rock tradition emerged". After the 'Blues Band folded in '71, Butterfield formed a more laid back southern blues outfit, and cut the excellent self titled album Better Days.
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