Chicago (AFP) – Chicago Blues drummer and singer Sam Lay who played with Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan and Paul Butterfield Blues Band has died at the age of 86.
Alligator Records said Monday that Lay died Saturday of natural causes in Chicago.
Lay, known for wearing a robe and carrying a walking stick, was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2015 as part of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
“Words can’t describe it if you love blues like I do,” Lay He told the South Bend Tribune that year, referring to the band. “I enjoyed that moment, and I enjoyed everyone who was in that band. I learned a lot from everyone there, and they claim they learned a lot from me.”
Alligator Records said Lay was known for his “brand of hard-to-reproduce” double shuffle drums, based on the two-handed clap of his childhood church.
The record company said that Lay, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, played professionally for Cleveland in the mid-1950s before moving to Chicago.
In 1969, he beat the drums on “Fathers & Sons,” Waters’ best-selling chess record.
Lying back up on Dylan on drums at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. This caused a stir in the crowd as Dylan played electric guitar and switched to rock vocals.