Sumlin spent most of his career playing with Howlin’ Wolf but also worked with Muddy Waters. He was named the 43rd greatest player of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. He died of heart failure in a New Jersey hospital after a long illness. It’s thought Stones guitarist Richards had been helping with his medical bills for some time.
Sumlin’s partner Tori Ann announced: “I just wanted to share with you, Hubert’s loving fans, that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have insisted on picking up the full expenses for Hubert’s funeral. God bless the Rolling Stones.”
Jagger recently said: “Hubert was an incisive yet delicate blues player. He had a really distinctive and original tone and was a wonderful foil for Howlin’ Wolf’s growling vocal style. He was an inspiration to us all.” Sumlin also influenced artists including Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and Steve Ray Vaughan.