Bloomfield was an immensely talented white, Jewish blues guitarist who died in 1981. A teenage prodigy, Bloomfield discovered the allure of Chicago-style electric blues at a young age, and before long was visiting blues clubs on the South Side. In short order, he was sitting in with legends such as Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. According to his bio “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.”
Bloomfield crammed a lot of playing into his short life, as a session musician and as a member of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band in the mid-1960s, He is perhaps best known for his performances on classic albums such as Super Session with Steve Stills and Al Kooper, and his work with Bob Dylan. Bloomfield’s brilliant life was cut short at age 37 due to a heroin overdose. Check out this killer video of Bloomfield in his prime, playing with The Electric Flag live on the classic shuffle “Wine“.