Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger, Keith Richards to pay for Hubert Sumlin's funeral

'God bless the Rolling Stones,' says late musician's partner

Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger, Keith Richards to pay for Hubert Sumlin's funeral

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The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have volunteered to pay for the funeral of late blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin.

According to Noise11, the late musician's partner Toni Ann posted a message thanking the duo for their gesture. Earlier this week, both Jagger and Richards paid tribute to Sumlin, who enjoyed a career that spanned 40 years including two decades playing guitar with the singer Howlin' Wolf and a stint with Muddy Waters before he died from heart failure (December 4).

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.

Richards, who featured on Sumlin's 2004 solo LP 'About Them Shoes', said: "With sorrow I received the news of Hubert's passing. He put up a long hard fight. To me he was an uncle and a teacher, and all the guitar players must feel the same as myself."

Jagger, meanwhile, said: "Hubert was 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, who was nominated for a Grammy award on four separate occasions but never won the prize, was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 2008 and was also included in Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time.

It was recently reported that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are set to discuss plans for the 50th anniversary of the first Rolling Stones gig, which takes place on July 12, 2012.

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