Legendary blue guitarist Hubert Sumlin, perhaps best known for his work with Howlin’ Wolf, has died at the age of 80. His health had been poor for the past decade since he had a lung removed, but he continued to perform whenever he felt able to do so.
A key figure of the Chicago blues scene, Hubert Sumlin got his first guitar at the age of six and by his mid-20s he was lead guitarist in Howlin’ Wolf’s band. He held this position for the rest of Wolf’s career. After Wolf died in 1976, Hubert Sumlin played with the renamed Wolf Pack until 1980.
Sumlin also recorded a number of solo albums, most recently in 2004. He was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1988, but the removal of his lung slowed him down considerably. He died of heart failure in a New Jersey hospital.