An extraordinary man, with a remarkable voice. One of the pioneers of the the tough, electric Chicago blues sound, Howlin' Wolf dragged the pre-war folk blues into a gritty, urban setting. An imposing figure, Wolf was 6 foot 6 inches and had a scary voice to match his stature, he helped put the Chess Records label on the map and recorded the definitive versions of some of the greatest blues tracks of all time including Smokestack Lightning, Killing Floor and Back Door Man. Born in rural Mississippi, he relocated to Chicago after serving in the US Army during World War II and swiftly established himself, along with Muddy Waters, as the most potent blues star of his generation. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Wolf continued to record throughout his career maintaining a large and loyal fanbase until his death in 1976. His definitive recording of Smokestack Lightning is one of the most incredible records ever made.
Followers: Tom Waits, The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, Captain Beefheart, Eric Clapton
Influenced By: Charley Patton, Tommy Johnson, Robert Johnson, Son House...