Paul Butterfield (17 December 1942 – 4 May 1987) was an American blues vocalist and harmonica player, who founded the Paul Butterfield Blues Band in the early 1960s and performed at the original Woodstock Festival in 1969. He died of drug-related heart failure.
Uncredited member of the Mothers' Auxiliary.
He can also be seen in the 1968 documentary You Are What You Eat.
Zappa mentions Butterfield in his text Freak Out! Hot Spots, when discussing the Colonial West Model at #15: "The Colonial West Model is a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there. My views, however, were not shared by The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Sammy Davis Jr., or any of the other 18 million hippies who have made this their place to crash over the past few years."
In the June 1982 interview for Record Review Zappa told the interviewer about his days at The Trip: "The only thing that was going on in L.A. at that time ... you didn't exist unless you played folk-rock. That was it. Period! If you didn't look or act like the Byrds, then, good luck. Things were so weird that Paul Butterfield Blues Band came to town which was a good band, they could really stomp, and they couldn't draw flies, people hated them. They wanted them to play 'turn, turn' stuff. People are so one-dimensional here."