In the wake of the recent death 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 had stepped up to pay for his funeral.
In an unexpected 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’ motion to cover Sumlin’s funeral costs nonetheless makes sense: The late guitar player, who worked with renowned artists such as Howlin’ Wolf and (briefly) Muddy Waters, was a formative influence on The Rolling Stones, and in particular Richards’ guitar style. Richards performed on several cuts from Sumlin’s 2006 album About Them Shoes.
According to a Noise11 report, 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, N.J., on Dec. 12 at 10 a.m., with a private service to take place the following day in Homewood, Ill.