Michael Bloomfield

Born into a well-off family in Chicago in 1943, Mike Bloomfield developed his love of the blues in the city’s South Side clubs, where he began by backing several older bluesman. John Hammond signed him to Columbia where he recorded some early 60s sessions before joining Paul Butterfield’s influential Blues Band, playing a major part in the first two albums, including the groundbreaking “East West”. Michael also met and backed Dylan, influencing his decision to turn electric, though he rejected Dylan’s offer to fully join his band. Further musical collaborations followed with Electric Flag, Al Kooper, Steve Stills and the short-lived KGB group. The late 70s found him recording fine albums for smaller labels such as Takoma. His career was cut short by a heroin overdose in 1981.

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