The funeral for Chicago blues great Hubert Sumlin, the longtime guitar player for Howlin' Wolf who died Sunday at age 80, will be paid for by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones. Sumlin's partner, Toni Ann, posted the news online. "God bless the Rolling Stones," she wrote.
The Stones have long acknowledged their debt to Sumlin, who was ranked at number 43 on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists list.
Richards played on Sumlin's 2006 album, About Them Shoes. "Hubert was an incisive yet delicate blues player," Jagger said today, "a wonderful foil for Howlin' Wolf's growling vocal style . . . He was an inspiration to us all."
Sumlin will be buried in a private service in Homewood, Ill., on December 13th. A public viewing will be held on December 11th and a religious service occurs the following day at the Festa Memorial Funeral Home in Totowa, N.J.