Greenwood in Leflore County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Hubert Sumlin’s sizzling guitar playing energized many of the classic Chicago blues records of Howlin’ Wolf in the 1950s and ‘60s. His reputation in blues and rock circles propelled him to a celebrated career on his own after Wolf’s death in 1976. In 2003 Rolling Stone magazine christened him one of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” Sumlin was born on the Pillow plantation in a house that stood just west of this site on November 16, 1931.
Hubert Sumlin grew up in Mississippi and Arkansas hearing his churchgoing mother admonish him for playing “the devil’s music”—the blues. But he found out, after sneaking in some blues licks on his guitar in church, that the sounds of the blues could win over even his mother. Sumlin’s innovative musicianship and endearing nature won the hearts of many musicians and admirers in the decades to follow. His boyhood partner, harmonica legend James Cotton, remained a lifelong friend. From 1954 to 1976 Howlin’ Wolf was as much a father figure to Sumlin as he was his musical employer. In later years Sumlin was adopted by a wide range of musicians, club owners, promoters, and producers who crafted a niche for him as a special guest or featured soloist.
Sumlin started playing guitar in church,
When Sumlin and Wolf toured Europe on the 1964 American Folk Blues Festival, Hubert made his first recordings under his own name in Germany and England. His only 45 rpm single came from an acoustic blues session which also marked the first release on the historic Blue Horizon label in England. In later years he recorded albums for labels in France, Germany, Argentina, and the United States. Jimi Hendrix
Erected 2008 by the Mississippi Blues Commission. (Marker Number 39.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi Blues Trail marker series.
Location. 33° 31.1′ N, 90° 12.282′ W. Marker is in Greenwood, Mississippi, in Leflore County. Marker is at the intersection of 12th Street and River Road Extended, on the right when traveling north on 12th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12th Street, Greenwood MS 38930, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Confederate Memorial Plot (approx. 0.8 miles away); Old Greenwood Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away); Charles Edward Wright (approx. 1.1 miles away); Battery 'C' (approx. First United Methodist Church (approx. 1.2 miles away); Greenwood (approx. 1.2 miles away); LeFlore County Confederate Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); Point LeFlore (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greenwood.
Also see . . .
1. Hubert Sumlin Biography. (Submitted on September 17, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Mississippi Blues Trail. (Submitted on September 17, 2014.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2017. This page originally submitted on September 17, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 252 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 17, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.