"Killing Floor" is a song by American blues singer-songwriter and guitarist Howlin' Wolf. Called "one of the defining classics of Chicago electric blues", "Killing Floor" has been recorded by a variety of artists and has been acknowledged by the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame.
Howlin' Wolf recorded "Killing Floor" in 1964 and it was released as a single. The song's title refers to the active area of slaughterhouse; Wolf uses it as a metaphor for his relationship predicament. "Killing Floor" is an upbeat twelve-bar blues with an "instantly familiar" guitar riff provided by longtime Wolf associate Hubert Sumlin. Backing Howlin' Wolf (vocals) and Sumlin (electric guitar) are Lafayette Leake (piano), Buddy Guy (acoustic guitar), Andrew McMahon (bass), Sam Lay (drums), Arnold Rogers (tenor sax), and Donald Hankins (baritone sax). The song appears on several Howlin' Wolf compilation albums, including his 1966 album The Real Folk Blues. In 1991, "Killing Floor" was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in the "Classics of Blues Recordings" category.
Jimi Hendrix performed "Killing Floor" early in his career, including early vocal performances with Curtis Knight and the Squires during...