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Mike Bloomfield

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Michael Bernard Bloomfield was born July 28, 1943, in Chicago, Illinois. An indifferent student and self-described social outcast, Bloomfield immersed himself in the multi- cultural music world that existed in Chicago in the 1950s.

He got his first guitar at age 13. Initially attracted to the roots-rock sound of Elvis Presley and Scotty Moore, Bloomfield soon discovered the electrified big-city blues music indigenous to Chicago. At the age of 14 the exuberant guitar wunderkind began to visit the blues clubs on Chicago’s South Side with friend Roy Ruby in search of his new heroes: players such as Muddy Waters, Otis Spann, Howling Wolf, and Magic Sam. Not content with viewing the scene from the audience, Bloomfield was known to leap onto the stage, asking if he could sit in as he simultaneously plugged in his guitar and began playing riffs.

Bloomfield was quickly accepted on the South Side, as much for his ability as for the audiences’ appreciation of the novelty of seeing a young white player in a part of town where few whites were seen. Bloomfield soon discovered a group of like-minded outcasts. Young white players such as Paul Butterfield, Nick Gravenites, Charlie Musselwhite, and Elvin Bishop were also establishing themselves as fans who could hold their own with established bluesmen, many of whom were old enough to be their fathers.

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  • radioacrata

    Insuperable guitarrista

    10 Apr 4:09pm Reply
  • Kossoff50

    Everyone who loves Mike needs to hear him on the My Labors album by Nick Gravenites. Up there with his best playing!

    30 Dec 2013 Reply
  • artistheanswer_

    a true giant

    22 May 2013 Reply
  • whipperedwatson

    that 'Don't think about it"by Mike Bloomfield is not on his Top Tracks list is inconcieveable to me

    1 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Lorcanone

    Fast, fluid lines, soulful blues. Vastly underrated, but most influential blues guitarist ever! Listen to Paul Butterfield Blues band's East/West. Then listen to Super Session w/Al Kooper, then Electric Flag. Find out what you've been missing from dedicated white boy's playing the blues!

    26 Apr 2011 Reply
  • bakunin_blues

    started out playin soundtracks for pr0n movies. back in the days even filthy stuff was cultivated.

    13 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Montrose1973

    skills

    10 Nov 2010 Reply
  • ShaniaEve

    Very,very good!

    16 Aug 2010 Reply
  • FunkyMonks89

    insanely underrated

    7 May 2010 Reply
  • Orwelliandream

    Albert's Shuffle

    19 Feb 2010 Reply
  • manonadune

    The Butterfield Blues Band albums with Mike Bloomfield are truly great albums and live, from recordings I have heard, they were amazing.

    24 Dec 2009 Reply
  • NotSoVelvet

    This guy is amazing

    28 Jul 2009 Reply
  • ronsutton1

    Bloomfield was THE MOST soulful blues player, an' it's kinda funny when he was on the B. Dylan Hiway 61 Revisited sessions Dylan told him "None of that B.B. King shit man" Mike's solo on the 1st. Electric Flag album cut Another Country will stand the test of time!

    27 Apr 2009 Reply
  • LevyNagy

    The most amazing white blues guitarist or perhaps the first one: he is the sweet daddy of white Blues. Been listening to him since 1997 and I will never ever stop.

    15 Apr 2009 Reply
  • SYL2Oh

    A Master guitarist, arranger & writer !

    23 Dec 2008 Reply
  • cmhudson2008

    Thanks Mike for the inspirational songs. The man made the sunburst Les Paul's tone legendary. A true guitar genius. The man paid his dues the hard way. May peace be with him.

    12 Aug 2008 Reply
  • andreaskuhn

    of all the great blues guitar players he is my all time favourite for that magic tone.

    29 Jun 2008 Reply

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