Macintosh jacket ($1,095) and classic cotton button-down shirt ($325), Calvin Klein Collection. 700 N. Michigan Ave., 312-799-5211. Pants, Paul’s own. ON ROBBIE FULKS:
Leather and lambswool baseball jacket, Calvin Klein Collection. 700 N. Michigan Ave., 312-799-5211. Pants, Fulks’s own. ON SUGAR BLUE:
Leather moto zip jacket ($1,995) and classic cotton button-down shirt ($325), Calvin Klein Collection. 700 N. Michigan Ave., 312-799-5211. Pants and hat, Blue’s own
At 24, Paul got his big break to be a bandleader at the Pump Room. He’s since played for the openings of the John Hancock and Willis Tower—even Prince Charles.
Seeing stars: “Bette Davis used to sit at my piano. She’d smoke until the keys were covered with ashes. I couldn’t stand it, but you couldn’t tell Bette Davis to stop.”
Proudest career moment: “In 1962, I played in a variety show at Carnegie Hall, and Cab Calloway was the bandleader. I didn’t know that my knees could shake so much.”
Alt-country artist Fulks sang bluegrass tunes and began plunking on a banjo before the age of eight. He’s played the Grand Ole Opry five times and can be heard most Mondays at Bucktown institution The Hideout.
Culture club: “Chicago is more artistically diverse than other cities. As a country artist in Nashville, it’s cool to be among like-minded people, but it’s an echo chamber. Everyone’s on the same narrow wavelength.”
The new classic: “I like Sam Amidon. His style is old folk songs rewritten with a Radiohead, out-there vibe.”
Sugar Blue has hung out with the iconic likes of Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, and mentor Willie Dixon. He’s also the man behind the unforgettable harmonica riff on the Rolling Stones’ 1978 smash “Miss You.”
Record influences: “Hoodoo Man Blues by Junior Wells  and Hidden Charms by Willie Dixon . Every now and then, you have to go back to school, and listening to those records is my version of opening up the books.”
Proudest career moment: “In 1986, I appeared with Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Fats Domino at Storyville Jazz Hall in New Orleans for a concert called Fats and Friends. It was amazing to jam with those guys.”
Local flavor: “Kingston Mines, Andy’s Jazz Club, Rosa’s Lounge, The Green Mill, Buddy Guy’s Legends. Whenever I’m not working, I make it my business to go and see live music.”