Bill Lupkin
Bill Lupkin
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About Bill Lupkin
He knew that back in the 1960s when, rebuffed by his teenaged rock ’n roll bandmembers in Fort Wayne, Indiana for wanting to try a Howlin’ Wolf tune, he found black bands to sit in with. He moved to Cincinnati and opened for James Cotton, whose encouragement convinced him to relocate to Chicago in 1968 to try and make it as a musician.

An encounter with impresario Bob Reidy led to a tryout with Louis and Dave Myers and Fred Below—essentially Little Walter’s former band, The Aces—with guitarist/mandolinist Johnny Young.