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The Paul Butterfield Blues Band was one of the first integrated blues bands and one of the most popular of the late 60s and early 70s. The band worked from the tough Chicago bars with the masters and took the music to college campuses and concert halls across the U.S. In retrospect, this classic lineup of Paul Butterfield on harmonica, Mike Bloomfield on lead guitar, Elvin Bishop on rhythm guitar and Sam Lay on drums, was a "supergroup." They spawned a huge interest in white boy blues, paving the way for the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, George Thorogood and hundreds of others. Most of their albums are available on CD and the two CD set, The Anthology: Best of the Elektra Years (WEA) may be the best introduction to this band.

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