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Michael Bloomfield

  • Birth 28 Jul 1943 Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 15 Feb 1981 San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
  • Burial Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Plot Courts of the Book Mausoleum. Sanctuary of Meditation Crypt 314 Third row from the bottom on the left
  • Memorial ID 4500

Musician. With a contract but not much else, Bloomfield returned to playing clubs around Chicago until he was approached by Paul Rothchild, the producer of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band albums. Bloomfield was recruited to play slide guitar and piano on early recordings (later released as The Lost Elektra Sessions) which were rejected for not fully capturing the sound of the band. Although more competitors than friends ("I knew Paul [and I] was scared of him" remembered Mike), the addition of Bloomfield to the Butterfield Band provided Paul Butterfield with a musician of equal caliber -- Paul and Michael inspired and challenged each other as they traded riffs and musical ideas, one establishing a pattern and the other following it, extending it, and handing it back. In between recording sessions with the Butterfield Band, Bloomfield backed up Bob Dylan on the classic Highway 61 Revisited album, and appeared with him at the Newport Folk Music Festival in 1965 when Dylan stunned the purist folk music crowd by playing electric rock-and-roll. Declining an offer from Dylan to join his touring band, Bloomfield and the Butter Band returned to the studio; with the addition of pianist Mark Naftalin they finally captured their live sound on vinyl.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 7 Feb 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 4500
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Michael Bloomfield (28 Jul 1943–15 Feb 1981), Find A Grave Memorial no. 4500, citing Hillside Memorial Park, Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .