Michael Bloomfield - electric guitar (1943 - 1981)
By the time Michael Bloomfield joined the Butterfield Blues Band in 1965 and thus played his way into blues and rock history, he was already an accomplished guitarist in the mold of his heroes Jimmie Rodgers, B.B.King, T-Bone Walker,etc. and could hold his own in the Southside Chicago clubs where he made his bones. He introduced the blues to a whole new generation, and opened the doors for the acknowledged masters to gain respect and recognition for their music. He always gave the original bluesmen their due and though he has slipped into the cracks of musical history, his contribution to the popularity and acceptance blues guitar is immense.