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Electric guitar titan Hubert Sumlin has died

American Chicago blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin has passed away aged 80.
Hubert Sumlin played on an a electric guitar
The electric blues guitar player Hubert Sumlin, known for his unpredictable style of play, has died at the age of 80.

Sumlin, who inspired generations of great guitar players like Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page, shot to fame in the late 50s as a key member of Howlin' Wolf's band.

In an interview with the New York Times earlier this year, Sumlin remarked how he still wanted to win a Grammy Award, having been nominated three times.

Though he travelled with an oxygen tank, he was still actively touring and playing on his beloved electric guitar.

The oxygen was needed because after being diagnosed with cancer and undergoing treatment, he eventually had his cancerous lung removed.

"Our dear friends… It is with a heavy heart that the worse has come to fruition. My little Hubert is living the life of a real angel. I'm overwhelmed with grief and so I really need to pull myself together. I'd really appreciate it if you would kindly respect our privacy during this most difficult time," his manager Toni Ann said on his website.

Posted by LB

ADNFCR-2133-ID-801230475-ADNFCR Posted on 6 Dec 2011 10:00 to category : Instruments News

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