Mike Bloomfield

Mike Bloomfield
Birth Name Michael Bernard Bloomfield
Born July 28, 1943 Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died February 15, 1981 (aged 37) San Francisco, U.S.
Genres Blues, blues rock, Chicago blues, psychedelic rock
Instruments Guitar
Associated acts The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Bob Dylan, The Electric Flag,
Al Kooper, Nick Gravenites, Dr. John, John P. Hammond

Michael Bernard Bloomfield (July 28, 1943 – February 15, 1981) was an American guitarist and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois, who became one of the first popular music superstars of the 1960s to earn his reputation almost entirely on his instrumental prowess since he rarely sang before 1969. Respected for his guitar playing, Bloomfield knew and played with many of Chicago’s blues musicians before achieving his own fame and was instrumental in popularizing blues music in the mid-1960s.

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Walking By Myself
Walking By Myself
"Little Wing"
"Little Wing"
Sweet Little Angel
Sweet Little Angel

Mike Bloomfield was ranked No. 22 on Rolling Stone’s list of “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” in 2003 and No. 42 by the same magazine in 2011. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2012 and, as a member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.

Mike Bloomfield was born into a wealthy Chicago Jewish-American family. Bloomfield’s father, Harold Bloomfield, was born in Chicago in 1914. After pursuing business ventures in California during the 1920s, he returned to the city in the early 1930s. Harold Bloomfield began manufacturing restaurant supplies, and by the latter part of the decade his company, Bloomfield Industries, was making pie cases, kitchen utensils, salt and pepper shakers, and sugar pourers.

By the early 1940s, Bloomfield Industries had acquired more manufacturing and warehouse space. The company expanded during World War II by manufacturing supplies needed for the war effort. Working with his brother, Daniel, and his father, Samuel, Harold Bloomfield built up Bloomfield Industries into a thriving business. Michael Bloomfield’s mother was born Dorothy Klein in Chicago in 1918 and married Harold Bloomfield in 1940. She came from an artistic, musical family, and worked as an actor and a model before marrying Bloomfield.

Top 3 Mike Bloomfield Recordings




How To Play Guitar Like Mike Bloomfield

Guitar King : Biography

Michael Bloomfield’s Life in the Blues: Named one of the world’s great blues-rock guitarists by Rolling Stone, Mike Bloomfield (1943–1981) remains beloved by fans nearly forty years after his untimely death. Taking readers backstage, onstage, and into the recording studio with this legendary virtuoso, David Dann tells the riveting stories behind Bloomfield’s work in the seminal Paul Butterfield Blues Band and the mesmerizing Electric Flag



Michael Bloomfield - Legendary Licks

An Inside Look at the Guitar Style of Michael Bloomfield (Guitar Legendary Licks). This book contains note-for-note transcriptions and detailed performance notes on how to play a multitude of classic licks, fills, riffs, and solos complete with recorded demonstrations of each exercise and gear setup tips.