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6. Mike Bloomfield

| March 31, 2008

The 20 All-Time Greatest Chicago Guitarists


6. Mike Bloomfield

According to the site’s stats, has averaged 60 visits a day for the last six years – not bad for a white, Jewish blues guitarist who died in 1981 and is best known for his performances on other people’s albums. Mike Bloomfield crammed a lot of playing into his brief life. As a precocious Chicago teenager in the 1950s, he was sitting in with Muddy Waters. While a member of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band in the mid-’60s, he helped Bob Dylan go electric. He’d been a legend for almost half his life when heroin got him at 37.

— Arsenio Orteza

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