The Butterfield Blues Band

Butterfield Blues Band, TheFrom: Chicago, IL, USA

The Butterfield Blues Band was a blues-rock outfit that found some success in the mid-late ’60s. The original line-up consisted of Paul Butterfield (vocals, harmonica), Mike Bloomfield (guitar), Elvin Bishop (guitar), Jerome Arnold (bass), and Sam Lay (drums).

The band was signed to Elektra Records once Bloomfield was added to the line-up. At the Newport Folk Festival in 1965, members of Butterfield’s band backed Bob Dylan on his infamous electric set. In October of ’65, the band’s self-titled debut album was recorded for a third time, this time adding Mark Naftalin (organ) on some of the songs. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band was finally released and featured Nick Gravenites’ “Born In Chicago.” Soon after the album’s release, Lay got pneumonia and pleurisy, so he was replaced by Billy Davenport. The band released their second album, East-West, in 1966. After the release of East-West, Bloomfield, Arnold, and Davenport all left the band.

Bloomfield went on to form the Electric Flag with Gravenites. The Butterfield Blues Band added David Sanborn (saxophone), Gene Dinwiddie (saxophone), Bugsy Maugh (bass) and Phillip Wilson (drums). They would play at the Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967, along with Bloomfield’s Electric Flag. The Butterfield Blues Band released In My Own Dream, and after its release, Bishop and Naftalin quite the group. Buzzy Feiten was brought in guitar at the age of nineteen for the 1969 album Keep On Moving, and Rod Hicks replaced Maugh. The band would also perform at the Woodstock festival in 1969. Paul Butterfield sadly passed away in 1987 at the age of 44 as a result of peritonitis  This was brought on by drug use and heavy drinking.

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Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

From the 1966 album East-West
East-West

  • Walkin’ Blues
  • Get Out of My Life, Woman
  • Work Song
  • Mary, Mary
  • East-West