MUSIC NEWS - After the passing of electric blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin from heart failure, his manager and partner Toni Ann announced that The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have offered to pay for his funeral. In statement she said: “I just wanted to share with you, Hubert’s loving fans, that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have insisted on picking up the full expenses for Hubert’s funeral. God Bless The Rolling Stones.”
Jagger and Richards’ move to pay for Sumlin’s funeral costs is quite reasonable as the late guitar player, who worked with renowned artists such as Howlin’ Wolf and (briefly) Muddy Waters, was a key influence on The Rolling Stones, and in particular Richards’ guitar style. Richards performed on several tunes from Sumlin’s 2006 album About Them Shoes. The Noise11 report recently said, Jagger praised the guitarist as “an incisive yet delicate blues player. … He had a really distinctive and original tone and was a wonderful foil for Howlin’ Wolf’s growling vocal style.”
Sumlin’s public service is scheduled to be held at the Festa Memorial Funeral Home in Totowa, NJ, on December 12 at 10 am (viewing on 12/11), with a private service to take place the following day in Homewood, IL.