Sumlin, a long-time Milwaukee resident, arrived here as a Chicago blues legend and is considered among the greatest guitarists of all time.
Born in Mississippi in 1931, Sumlin served as lead guitarist for Howlin' Wolf from 1953 to 1976. His riffs and phrases provided the backbone to some of the very staples of the blues genre such as "Wang Dang Doodle," "Back Door Man" and "Killing Floor." He also played briefly with Muddy Waters.
His guitar work provided influence to performers who eclipsed him in terms of name recognition whether it was Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix or Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Sumlin passed away in 2011.
In 2015, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Sumlin at 43 among its list of the top 100 guitarists of all time. In that article, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page was quoted as saying, “I love Hubert Sumlin.He always played the right thing at the right time."
Sumlin received four Grammy nominations. He was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 2008.