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Paul Butterfield
 
Chicago bluesman brought the music to a generation of rock fans during the 1960s, paving the way for late-'60s electric groups like Cream. One of the first young white musicians to play in black clubs on the south side of Chicago (not so far from the University of Chicago), he learned the harmonica (and the amplified style) from Junior Wells, Little Walter, and Big Walter Horton. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band also featured Elvin Bishop and Mike Bloomfield's guitar work. The band broke up in 1972, and Butterfield enjoyed a sporadic solo career. On May 4, 1987 he was found dead in his Los Angeles home at the age of 44, a victim of drug overdose.

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