The Paul Butterfield Band, a Chicago group that blended blues with pulsing rock sounds, will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Cleveland museum announced early Tuesday.
“The racially mixed Paul Butterfield Blues Band,” the Hall of Fame announcement said, “blasted off from the Windy City with a wall-of-sound fueled by Butterfield’s inspired harmonica and lead guitarist Mike Bloomfield’s explosive lead guitar — at that moment, American rock and roll collided with the real South Side Chicago blues and there was no turning back.”
Butterfield, who grew up in Hyde Park, died in 1987.
His fellow inductees at the April 18 ceremony will be Green Day, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Lou Reed, Bill Withers and Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble.
An award for musical excellence will be presented to Ringo Starr, and 1950s harmony group the “5” Royales will receive the early influence award.