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Howlin' Wolf

In the history of the blues, there has never been anyone quite like the Howlin' Wolf. Six foot three and close to 300 pounds in his salad days, the Wolf was the primal force of the music spun out to its ultimate conclusion. A Robert Johnson may have possessed more lyrical insight, a Muddy Waters more dignity, and a B.B. King certainly more technical expertise, but no one could match him for the singular ability to rock the house down to the foundation while simultaneously scaring its patrons out of its wits.

He was born in West Point, MS, and named after the 21st President of the United States (Chester Arthur). His father was a farmer and Wolf took to it as well until his 18th birthday, when a chance meeting with Delta blues legend Charley Patton changed his life forever. Though he never came close to learning the subtleties of Patton's complex guitar technique, two of the major components of Wolf's style (Patton's inimitable growl of a voice and his propensity for entertaining) were learned first hand from the Delta blues master. The main source of Wolf's hard-driving, rhythmic style on harmonica came when Aleck "Rice" Miller (Sonny Boy Williamson) married his half-sister Mary and taught him the rudiments of the instrument. He first started playing in the early '30s as a strict Patton imitator, while others recall him at decade's end rocking the juke joints with a neck-rack harmonica and one of the first electric guitars anyone had ever seen. After a four-year stretch in the Army, he settled down as a farmer and weekend player in West Memphis, AR, and it was here that Wolf's career in music began in earnest.

By 1948, he had established himself within the community as a radio personality. As a means of advertising his own local appearances, Wolf had a 15-minute radio show on KWEM in West Memphis, interspersing his down-home blues with farm reports and like-minded advertising that he sold himself. But a change in Wolf's sound that would alter everything that came after was soon in coming because when listeners tuned in for Wolf's show, the sound was up-to-the-minute electric. Wolf had put his first band together, featuring the explosive guitar work of Willie Johnson, whose aggressive style not only perfectly suited Wolf's sound but aurally extended and amplified the violence and nastiness of it as well. In any discussion of Wolf's early success both live, over the airwaves, and on record, the importance of Willie Johnson cannot be overestimated.

Wolf finally started recording in 1951, when he caught the ear of Sam Phillips, who first heard him on his morning radio show. The music Wolf made in the Memphis Recording Service studio was full of passion and zest and Phillips simultaneously leased the results to the Bihari Brothers in Los Angeles and Leonard Chess in Chicago. Suddenly, Howlin' Wolf had two hits at the same time on the R&B charts with two record companies claiming to have him exclusively under contract. Chess finally won him over and as Wolf would proudly relate years later, "I had a 4,000 dollar car and 3,900 dollars in my pocket. I'm the onliest one drove out of the South like a gentleman." It was the winter of 1953 and Chicago would be his new home.

When Wolf entered the Chess studios the next year, the violent aggression of the Memphis sides was being replaced with a Chicago backbeat and, with very little fanfare, a new member in the band. Hubert Sumlin proved himself to be the Wolf's longest-running musical associate. He first appears as a rhythm guitarist on a 1954 session, and within a few years' time his style had fully matured to take over the role of lead guitarist in the band by early 1958. In what can only be described as an "angular attack," Sumlin played almost no chords behind Wolf, sometimes soloing right through his vocals, featuring wild skitterings up and down the fingerboard and biting single notes. If Willie Johnson was Wolf's second voice in his early recording career, then Hubert Sumlin would pick up the gauntlet and run with it right to the end of the howler's life.

By 1956, Wolf was in the R&B charts again, racking up hits with "Evil" and "Smokestack Lightnin'." He remained a top attraction both on the Chicago circuit and on the road. His records, while seldom showing up on the national charts, were still selling in decent numbers down South. But by 1960, Wolf was teamed up with Chess staff writer Willie Dixon, and for the next five years he would record almost nothing but songs written by Dixon. The magic combination of Wolf's voice, Sumlin's guitar, and Dixon's tunes sold a lot of records and brought the 50-year-old bluesman roaring into the next decade with a considerable flourish. The mid-'60s saw him touring Europe regularly with "Smokestack Lightnin'" becoming a hit in England some eight years after its American release. Certainly any list of Wolf's greatest sides would have to include "I Ain't Superstitious," "The Red Rooster," "Shake for Me," "Back Door Man," "Spoonful," and "Wang Dang Doodle," Dixon compositions all. While almost all of them would eventually become Chicago blues standards, their greatest cache occurred when rock bands the world over started mining the Chess catalog for all it was worth. One of these bands was the Rolling Stones, whose cover of "The Red Rooster" became a number-one record in England. At the height of the British Invasion, the Stones came to America in 1965 for an appearance on ABC-TV's rock music show, Shindig. Their main stipulation for appearing on the program was that Howlin' Wolf would be their special guest. With the Stones sitting worshipfully at his feet, the Wolf performed a storming version of "How Many More Years," being seen on his network-TV debut by an audience of a few million. Wolf never forgot the respect the Stones paid him, and he spoke of them highly right up to his final days.

Dixon and Wolf parted company by 1964 and Wolf was back in the studio doing his own songs. One of the classics to emerge from this period was "Killing Floor," featuring a modern backbeat and a incredibly catchy guitar riff from Sumlin. Catchy enough for Led Zeppelin to appropriate it for one of their early albums, cheerfully crediting it to themselves in much the same manner as they had done with numerous other blues standards. By the end of the decade, Wolf's material was being recorded by artists including the Doors, the Electric Flag, the Blues Project, Cream, and Jeff Beck. The result of all these covers brought Wolf the belated acclaim of a young, white audience. Chess' response to this was to bring him into the studio for a "psychedelic" album, truly the most dreadful of his career. His last big payday came when Chess sent him over to England in 1970 to capitalize on the then-current trend of London Session albums, recording with Eric Clapton on lead guitar and other British superstars. Wolf's health was not the best, but the session was miles above the earlier, ill-advised attempt to update Wolf's sound for a younger audience.

As the '70s moved on, the end of the trail started coming closer. By now Wolf was a very sick man; he had survived numerous heart attacks and was suffering kidney damage from an automobile accident that sent him flying through the car's windshield. His bandleader Eddie Shaw firmly rationed Wolf to a meager half-dozen songs per set. Occasionally some of the old fire would come blazing forth from some untapped wellspring, and his final live and studio recordings show that he could still tear the house apart when the spirit moved him. He entered the Veterans Administration Hospital in 1976 to be operated on, but never survived it, finally passing away on January 10th of that year.

But his passing did not go unrecognized. A life-size statue of him was erected shortly after in a Chicago park. Eddie Shaw kept his memory and music alive by keeping his band, the Wolf Gang, together for several years afterward. A child-education center in Chicago was named in his honor and in 1980 he was elected to the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame. In 1991, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. A couple of years later, his face was on a United States postage stamp. Howlin' Wolf is now a permanent part of American history. ~ Cub Koda, Rovi
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: The Legendary Howlin' Wolf

1. Moanin' At Midnight

2. How Many More Years (Single Version)

3. Who Will Be Next (Single Version)

4. Louise (Single Version)

5. Change My Way (Single Version)

6. Poor Boy (Feat. Eric Clapton)

7. Nature (Single Version)

8. Worried About My Baby (Feat. Eric Clapton)

9. Highway 49 (Feat. Eric Clapton)

10. I Asked For Water

11. I Walked From Dallas (Single Version)

12. My Mind Is Ramblin' (Single Version)

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Track List: Smokestack Lightning: Complete Chess Masters 1951-1960

Disc 1

1. Moanin' At Midnight

2. How Many More Years (Alternate)

3. How Many More Years

4. The Wolf Is At Your Door (Howlin' For My Baby)

5. California Boogie

6. Smile At Me

7. Howlin' Wolf Boogie

8. California Blues #1

9. Look-A-Here

10. Worried All The Time

11. Gettin' Old And Grey

12. Mr. Highway Man

13. Everybody's In The Mood

14. Color And Kind

15. Bluebird (Blues)

16. Saddle My Pony

17. Dorothy Mae (Alternate Take)

18. Dorothy Day

19. Sweet Woman (A/K/A I Got A Woman)

20. Well That's All Right

21. Decoration Day (Blues)

22. Oh Red

23. My Last Affair

24. I've Got A Woman

25. Just My Kind

26. Work For Your Money

Disc 2

1. I'm Not Joking

2. Mama Died And Left Me

3. All Night Boogie (All Night Long)

4. I Love My Baby

5. Highway My Friend

6. Hold Your Money

7. Streamline Woman

8. California Blues #2

9. Stay Here Til My Baby Comes Back

10. Crazy About You Baby

11. No Place To Go (You Gonna Wreck My Life)

12. You Gonna Wreck My Life (No Place To Go) (Alternate Take)

13. Neighbors

14. I'm The Wolf

15. Rockin' Daddy

16. Baby How Long

17. Evil (Is Goin' On)

18. I'll Be Around

19. Forty Four

20. Who Will Be Next

21. I Have A Little Girl

22. Come To Me Baby

23. Don't Mess With My Baby

24. Smokestack Lightning

25. You Can't Be Beat

26. I Asked For Water (She Gave Me Gasoline)

27. So Glad

Disc 3

1. Break Of Day

2. The Natchez Burning

3. Going Back Home

4. Bluebird

5. My Life

6. You Ought To Know

7. Who's Been Talking

8. Tell Me

9. Somebody In My Home (Alternate Take)

10. Somebody In My Home

11. Nature (Takes 1/4/6)

12. Nature (Alternate Take)

13. Nature

14. Walk To Camp Hall

15. Poor Boy (Alternate Take)

16. Poor Boy

17. My Baby Told Me

18. Sittin' On Top Of The World

19. I Didn't Know

20. I Better Go Now (Howlin' Blues) (Alternate)

21. Howlin' Blues (I'm Going Away)

22. I Better Go Now (Multiple Takes)

23. I Didn't Know

24. Moaning For My Baby (Midnight Blues)

25. Moaning For My Baby (Midnight Blues) (Takes 3 & 4)

Disc 4

1. I'm Leaving You (Alternate Take)

2. I'm Leaving You (Takes 7-10)

3. I'm Leaving You

4. Can't Put Me Out (Alternate)

5. Can't Put Me Out (Previously Unreleased Alternate)

6. (You) Can't Put Me Out

7. Change My Way

8. Getting Late

9. I've Been Abused (Takes 4-12)

10. I've Been Abused

11. Howlin' For My Baby (Takes 1-7)

12. Howlin' For My Darling (Or Baby)

13. Wolf In The Mood (Instrumental)

14. My People's Gone

15. Mr. Airplane Man (Takes 1-2)

16. Mr. Airplane Man

17. Wang-Dang-Doodle

18. Back Door Man

19. Spoonful

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Track List: Killing Floor - Blues Essentials

1. Killing Floor

2. Smokestack Lightnin'

3. Shake It For Me

5. Going Down Slow

6. Highway 49

7. Little Red Rooster

8. Poor Boy

9. Worried About You

10. Smile At Me

11. Howlin' For My Baby

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Track List: The Blues Of Howlin' Wolf

1. Rockin' Daddy

2. I Ain't Superstitious

3. Sittin' On Top Of The World

4. Worried About My Baby

5. What A Woman!

6. Poor Boy

7. Built For Comfort

8. Back Door Man

9. Little Red Rooster

10. Do The Do

11. Highway 49

12. Wang Dang Doodle

13. Howlin' For My Baby

14. Smokestack Lightnin'

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Track List: Smile At Me

1. Smile At Me

2. Sweet Woman

3. All My Life

4. Shake It For Me

5. Dust My Broom

6. I Didn't Mean To Hurt Your Feelings

7. Rockin' The Blues

8. Goin' Down Slow

10. Bluebird

11. Howlin' For My Darling

12. Fourty Four

13. Little Red Rooster

14. Highway Man

15. Evil

16. Blind Love

17. My Baby Walked Off

18. Look A Here Baby

19. Come Back Home

20. Decoration Day (Blues)

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Track List: Do The Do

Disc 1

1. Do The Do

2. Ain't Superstitious

3. My Country Sugar Mama

4. Killing Floor

5. Morning At Midnight

6. Passing By Blues

7. Cause Of It All

8. Going Down Slow

9. Commit A Crime

11. Built For Comfort

12. I Want Your Picture

13. I Walked From Dallas

14. Streamline Woman

15. Louise

16. Ridin' In The Moonlight

17. Hold On To Your Money

18. My Mind Is Ramblin'

19. The Sun Is Rising

20. I Didn't Mean To Hurt Your Feelings

21. Howlin' For My Darlin'

23. Chocolate Drop

24. Moanin' At Midnight

25. How Many More Years

26. Come Back Home

Disc 2

1. Smokestack Lightnin'

2. Baby How Long

3. No Place To Go

4. All Night Boogie

5. Evil

6. I'm Leavin' You

7. Moanin' For My Baby

8. I Asked For Water

9. Forty Four

10. Somebody In My Home

11. Shake It For Me

13. Dust My Broom

14. Look A Here Baby

15. Decoration Day

16. Sweet Woman

17. Rockin' The Blues

18. All My Life

19. Highway Man

20. Howlin' For My Darlin'

21. Little Red Rooster

22. Evil

23. Blind Love

24. Smile At Me

25. My Baby Walked Off

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Track List: I Am The Wolf

1. Ain't Superstitious

2. Goin' Down Slow

4. Commit A Crime

5. My Mind Is Ramblin'

6. I Walked From Dallas

7. My Country Sugar Mama

8. Louise

9. Hold On To Your Money

10. Streamline Woman

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Track List: Memphis Blues Masters

1. Everybody's In The Mood

2. Decoration Day

3. My Troubles And Me

4. My Baby Walked Off

5. Smile At Me

6. Look-A-Here Baby

7. Color And Kind

9. Well That's All Right

10. Come Back Home

11. California Blues

12. Dorothy Mae

13. Drinkin' C.V. Wine

14. Baby Ride With Me

15. California Boogie

16. Oh Red

17. How Many More Years

18. Chocolate Drop

19. Mr. Highway Man

20. My Last Affair

21. Bluebird

22. Moanin' At Midnight

23. Howlin' Wolf Boogie

24. The Wolf Is At Your Door

25. Getting Old And Grey

26. Worried All The Time

27. Saddle My Pony

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Track List: The Memphis Sessions

1. All In The Mood (Everybody's In The Mood)

2. Bluebird

3. California Blues

4. California Boogie

5. Chocolate Drop

6. Color And Kind

7. Come Back Home

8. Decoration Day

9. Dorothy Mae

10. Dorothy Mae - Alt.

11. Drinkin' C V Wine

12. I Got A Woman

13. Look A Here

14. Mr. Highway Man

15. My Baby Walked Off

16. Smile At Me

17. Well That's Alright

18. Oh Red

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Track List: The Blues Anthology

1. Smokestack Lightnin'

2. Shake For Me

3. Love Me Darlin'

5. I Didn't Mean To Hurt Your Feelings

6. Rockin' The Blues

7. All My Life

8. Going Down Slow

9. Howlin' For My Baby

10. Forty Four

11. Highway 49

12. Little Red Rooster

13. Wang Dang Doodle

14. Built For Comfort

15. Killing Floor

16. Poor Boy

17. Worried About You

18. Smile At Me

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Track List: Chicago Blue

1. Streamline Woman

2. Ain't Superstitious

3. Goin' Down Slow

5. I Walked From Dallas

6. Louise

7. Somebody Walked In My House

8. Hold On To Your Money

9. My Country Sugar Mama

10. Commit A Crime

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Track List: His Best, Vol.2

1. Howlin' Wolf Boogie (Single Version)

2. Mr. Highway Man (Single Version)

3. All Night Boogie (All Night Long)

4. You Gonna Wreck My Life (Alternate Take)

5. I'm The Wolf

6. Rockin' Daddy (Single Version)

7. Who Will Be Next (Single Version)

8. The Natchez Burnin' (Single Version)

9. Tell Me

10. I've Been Abused (Single Version)

11. Down In The Bottom

12. You'll Be Mine

13. Just Like I Treat You (Single Version)

14. Tail Dragger (Single Version)

15. My Country Sugar Mama (Single Version)

16. Louise (Single Version)

17. Don't Laugh At Me (Single Version)

18. Commit A Crime

19. New Crawlin' King Snake (Single Version)

20. The Red Rooster (Feat. Eric Clapton) (False Start And Dialogue)

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Track List: His Best

1. Moanin' At Midnight

2. How Many More Years

3. Evil

4. Forty-Four

5. Smokestack Lightnin'

6. I Asked For Water

7. Who's Been Talkin'

8. Sitting On Top Of The World

9. Howlin' For My Darling

10. Wang Dang Doodle

11. Back Door Man

12. Spoonful

13. Shake For Me

14. The Red Rooster

15. I Ain't Superstitious

16. Goin' Down Slow

17. Three Hundred Pounds Of Joy

18. Hidden Charms

19. Built For Comfort

20. Killing Floor

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Track List: Bluesmaster

1. I Asked For Water (She Gave Me Gasoline)

5. Moanin' At Midnight

6. Evil (Is Going On)

8. Highway 49 (Feat. Eric Clapton)

9. Poor Boy (Feat. Eric Clapton)

10. Worried About My Baby (Feat. Eric Clapton)

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Track List: Ain't Gonna Be Your Dog: Chess Collectibles Volume 2

Disc 1

1. Look-A-Here Baby (1994 Chess Collectibles Version)

2. California Blues #1 (1994 Chess Collectibles Version)

3. Worried All The Time (Single Version)

4. Everybody's In The Mood (1994 Chess Collectibles Version)

5. Color And Kind

6. Dorothy Mae (1994 Chess Collectibles Version)

7. Sweet Woman (1994 Chess Collectibles Version)

8. Decoration Day (1994 Chess Collectibles Version)

9. Oh! Red (Single Version)

10. I'm Not Joking (1994 Chess Collectibles Version)

11. Highway My Friend (1994 Chess Collectibles Version)

12. Hold Your Money (1994 Chess Collectibles Version)

13. California Blues #2 (1994 Chess Collectibles Version)

14. Stay Here Til My Baby Comes Back (1994 Chess Collectibles)

15. Come To Me Baby (Single Version)

16. So Glad (Single Version)

17. Bluebird (1994 Chess Collectibles Version)

18. My Life (Single Version)

19. You Ought To Know (Single Version)

20. Nature (Alternate Take)

21. Walk To Camp Hall (1994 Chess Collectibles Version)

22. Poor Boy (Alternate Take)

Disc 2

1. My Baby Told Me (Alternate Take)

2. Midnight Blues (Alternate To Moaning For My Baby)

3. You Can't Put Me Out (1994 Chess Collectibles Version)

4. Getting Late (1994 Chess Collectibles Version)

5. Wolf In The Mood (1994 Chess Collectibles Version)

6. My People's Gone (1994 Chess Collectibles Version)

7. Mama's Baby (Single Version)

8. Tail Dragger (Single Version)

9. Long Green Stuff (1994 Chess Collectibles Version)

10. Joy To My Soul (1994 Chess Collectibles Version)

11. Poor Wind That Never Change (1994 Chess Collectibles Version)

12. Pop It To Me (AKA Sock It To Me) (Single Version)

13. I Had A Dream (Single Version)

14. The Big House (1994 Chess Collectibles Version)

15. Tired Of Crying (1994 Chess Collectibles Version)

16. Rollin' And Tumblin' (Acoustic Fragment)

17. More Howlin' Wolf Talks (1994 Chess Collectibles Version)

18. I Ain't Gonna Be Your Dog No More (Acoustic)

19. Woke Up This Morning (Acoustic)

20. Ain't Going Down That Dirt Road (2nd Acoustic Version)

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Track List: Demon Drivin' Blues Man

1. Do The Do

2. Highway 49

3. Worried About You

4. Poor Boy

5. Wang Dang Doodle

6. Cause Of It All

7. Killing Floor

8. Commit A Crime

9. Red Rooster

10. Built For Comfort

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Track List: The Chess Box: Howlin' Wolf

11. Howlin' Wolf Talks, No. 3 (1991 Chess Box Version)

14. I Asked For Water (She Gave Me Gasoline) (Single Version)

15. Killing Floor (1964 Single Version)

16. Howlin' Wolf Talks, No. 1 (1991 Chess Box Version)

19. Bluebird (1991 Chess Box Version)

21. Louise

25. (Well) That's All Right (1991 Chess Box Version)

26. Sitting On Top Of The World (1958 Single Version)

31. Just My Kind

33. Ooh Baby (Hold Me) (Single Version)

34. Work For Your Money

37. Mama Died And Left Me (1991 Chess Box Version)

40. All Night Boogie (All Night Long) [Single Version]

42. Commit A Crime (1991 Chess Box Version)

43. I'm The Wolf (Acoustic)

44. Streamline Woman (1991 Chess Box Version)

46. Dust My Broom (1991 Chess Box Version)

47. Crazy About You Baby (1991 Chess Box Version)

49. You Gonna Wreck My Life (No Place To Go) (Alternate Take)

51. Ain't Goin' Down That Dirt Road (1991 Chess Box Version)

52. Neighbors

55. Howlin' Wolf Talks, Pt. 2 (1991 Chess Box Version)

56. Howlin' Wolf Talks, No. 4 (1991 Chess Box Version)

58. I'm The Wolf

60. The Red Rooster (False Start And Dialogue)

63. Moving

67. The Red Rooster (1961 Single Version)

73. I Ain't Superstitious (1961 Single Version)

75. Tail Dragger

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Track List: Howlin' Wolf / Moanin' In The Moonlight

1. Shake For Me

2. The Red Rooster

3. You'll Be Mine

4. Who's Been Talkin'

6. Little Baby

7. Spoonful

8. Going Down Slow

9. Down In The Bottom

10. Back Door Man

11. Howlin' For My Baby

12. Tell Me

13. Moanin' At Midnight

14. How Many More Years

15. Smokestack Lightnin'

16. Baby How Long

17. No Place To Go

18. All Night Boogie

19. Evil

20. I'm Leavin You

21. Moanin' For My Baby

22. I Asked For Water (She Gave Me Gasoline)

23. Forty Four

24. Somebody In My Home

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Track List: Moanin' In The Moonlight

1. Moanin' At Midnight

2. How Many More Years

3. Smokestack Lightnin'

4. Baby How Long

5. No Place To Go (You Gonna Wreck My Life)

6. All Night Boogie (All Night Long)

7. Evil (Is Going On)

8. I'm Leavin You

9. Moanin' For My Baby

10. I Asked For Water

11. Forty Four

12. Somebody In My Home

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Track List: Change My Way

1. Mr. Airplane Man

2. Love Me Darlin' (Single Version)

3. Change My Way (Single Version)

4. I Walked From Dallas (Single Version)

5. I Better Go Now (Single Version)

6. New Crawlin' King Snake (Single Version)

7. Just Like I Treat You (Single Version)

8. I've Been Abused (Single Version)

9. Don't Laugh At Me (Single Version)

10. I Didn't Know (Single Version)

11. I Ain't Superstitious (1961 Single Version)

12. Howlin' Blues (I'm Going Away)

13. My Mind Is Ramblin' (Single Version)

14. Do The Do (Single Version)

15. Hidden Charms (Single Version)

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Track List: The Back Door Wolf

1. Moving

2. Coon On The Moon

3. Speak Now Woman

4. Trying To Forget You

5. Stop Using Me

6. Leave Here Walking

7. The Back Door Wolf

8. You Turn Slick On Me

9. Watergate Blues

10. Can't Stay Here

11. Speak Now Woman (Alternate Version)

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Track List: Live And Cookin' At Alice's Revisted

1. When I Laid Down I Was Troubled

2. I Didn't Know

3. Mean Mistreater

4. I Had A Dream

5. Call Me The Wolf

6. Don't Laugh At Me

7. Just Passing By

8. Sittin' On Top Of The World

9. The Big House

10. Mr. Airplane Man

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Track List: The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions (Deluxe Edition)

Disc 1

1. Rockin' Daddy

2. I Ain't Superstitious

3. Sittin' On Top Of The World

4. Worried About My Baby

5. What A Woman!

6. Poor Boy (1971)

7. Built For Comfort (1971)

8. Who's Been Talking?

9. The Red Rooster (Alternate Take)

10. The Red Rooster (1971)

11. Do The Do

12. Highway 49

13. Wang Dang Doodle

14. Goin' Down Slow

15. Killing Floor (1971)

16. I Want To Have A Word With You (Bonus Track From 'London Revisited' Newly Remixed From The Session Multi-Tracks)

Disc 2

1. Worried Abut My Baby (Rehearsal Take)

2. The Red Rooster (Alternate Mix)

3. What A Woman! (Aka Commit A Crime) (Alternate Take)

4. Who's Been Talking? (Alternate Take)

5. Worried About My Babby (Alternate Take)

6. I Ain't Superstitious (Alternate Take)

7. Highway 49 (Alternate Take)

8. Do The Do (Extended Alternate Take)

9. Poor Boy (Alternate Lyrics / Mix)

10. I Ain't Superstitious (Alternate Mix)

11. What A Woman! (Aka Commit A Crime) (Alternate Mix)

12. Rockin' Daddy (Alternate Mix)

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Track List: The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions

1. Rockin' Daddy (Feat. Eric Clapton)

2. I Ain't Superstitious (Feat. Eric Clapton)

3. Sittin' On Top Of The World (Feat. Eric Clapton)

4. Worried About My Baby (Feat. Eric Clapton)

5. What A Woman! (Feat. Eric Clapton)

6. Poor Boy (Feat. Eric Clapton)

7. Built For Comfort (Feat. Eric Clapton)

8. Who's Been Talking? (Feat. Eric Clapton)

9. The Red Rooster (Feat. Eric Clapton) (False Start W/ Dialog)

10. The Red Rooster (Feat. Eric Clapton)

11. Do The Do (Feat. Eric Clapton)

12. Highway 49 (Feat. Eric Clapton)

13. Wang-Dang-Doodle (Feat. Eric Clapton)

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Track List: Blues Routes Howlin' Wolf

1. Killing Floor

2. Louise

3. Wang Dang Doodle

4. The Red Rooster

5. I Ain't Superstitious

7. Poor Boy

8. Built For Comfort

9. Commit A Crime

10. Highway Man

11. Do The Do

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Track List: The Howlin' Wolf Album

1. Spoonful

2. Tail Dragger

3. Smokestack Lightning

4. Moaning At Midnight

5. Built For Comfort

6. Little Red Rooster

7. Evil

8. Down In The Bottom

9. Three Hundred Pounds Of Joy

10. Back Door Man

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Track List: More Real Folk Blues

1. Just My Kind

2. I've Got A Woman

3. Work For Your Money

4. I'll Be Around (Single Version)

5. You Can't Be Beat (Single Version)

6. You Gonna Wreck My Life

7. I Love My Baby (Single Version)

8. Neighbors

9. I'm The Wolf

10. Rockin' Daddy (Single Version)

11. Who Will Be Next (Single Version)

12. I Have A Little Girl (Single Version)

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Track List: The Real Folk Blues

1. Killing Floor

2. Louise

3. Poor Boy

4. Sittin' On Top Of The World

5. Nature

6. My Country Sugar Mama

7. Tail Dragger

8. Three Hundred Pounds Of Joy

9. The Natchez Burning

10. Built For Comfort

11. Ooh Baby (Hold Me)

12. Tell Me What I've Done

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Track List: Howlin' Wolf

1. Shake For Me

2. Little Red Rooster

3. You'll Be Mine

4. Who's Been Talking?

5. Wang Dang Doodle

6. Little Baby

7. Spoonful

8. Goin' Down Slow

9. Down In The Bottom

10. Back Door Man

11. Howlin' For My Darlin'

12. Tell Me

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Hey, Pandora, I really appreciate that you're starting to append different versions of songs. Do you think you could append Poor Boy on The Real Folk Blues with (1958)? Because I'd much rather hear *that* rendition over the one from London Sessions, which I can't stand.
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Nobody could shout the blues like the WOLF.
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Howlin' Wolf's London Session was much better than Muddy's thanks in large part to Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman but a much larger part to The Wolf himself. Wolf was a giant in more ways than one. On this track, Lucky Guy, Clapton recreates the riff that the great Hubert Sumlin created for Killing Floor. Beauty!!
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Love his music
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I love the sound
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brigitte.edd i n g t o n
Love it
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lalessing
fantastic bio. Great job,thanks man. I remember sitting in front of the tv ready to see my favs the rolling stones. They take a moment to talk to the audience to introduce one of their inspirations , a huge black man named, of all things, Howling Wolf...wow.. c a n you imagine how that affected that little white middle class kid. I'm sure my mom's jaw must have hit the floor. Guess I was,thankful l y , n e v e r the same after that. Thanks, Mick..
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Most definitely agree with that! So unique and unmistakable ! !
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Howlin Wolf IS the blues! My favorite
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Who's that lady by the Isley brothers
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You can hear his soul in this song!! My Favorite!
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Good write-up of a great man. But the word is "cachet" with a silent T. "Cache" is the root of English cash and pronounced the same way.
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billiot.vond a
Whiskey & chicken wings ( who cooked and did they wash their hands??
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agodwin56
Been listening to Howling Wolfe since preteen years. My daddy loved him and so I.
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Funky blues.. love it!
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Still my favorite Bluesman of them all.
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I wasn't there but sounds like Sonny Boy 2 on Harp!
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If you ain't never been in a juke joint play these songs turn off the lights and see what the kat drag in
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GREAT GOOGLYMOOGLY !
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I am very lucky to have an original pressing of this album.
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Flat out boogity boogity movin and ain't gone nowhere OWWLL!
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The London Howlin' Wolf Session lp is much better than that of Muddy Waters'. Good backing and The Wolf was The Wolf.
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Love 2 hear that "Howlin' Wolf!! ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤
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Six foot three and close to 300 pounds in his salad days. I'm thinkin' not a lot of salad passed by his teeth during his heyday. Still, great music.
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Don't read this. You will be kissed by the move of your life on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now that you've started reading this don't stop or you will have bad luck. Post this on 15 songs in the next 143 minutes. Press the space bar and your crushes name will appear
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I love beer
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Blues is hip to the soul... we all had this you know? You know
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Get me a bottle of wine ��
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King of King blue S
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All the best came from the South to Chicago
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What a voice....... . . . . 5 STARS for sure
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the real king on the BLUES
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Bad a**
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Yes he is a real man and he sing those blue lovin I'm old school all the way I used to steal my momma cassette tapes and just take him and listen to it all day everyday she used to be like Momo where is my howling wolf and I used to tell I am listening to him I love the music and I've been loving from Saint Louis Missouri born and raised that's what I'm listening to right now really
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Howlin Wolf festival in West point MS is wonderful
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Being close to NOLA here in South MS, we live an breathe the Blues
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I'M THE WOLF !!!!
Loving this song ❤️❤️��
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mrbuyer
Life size statue of wolf in Chicago park is of a WOLF.
Bluesfan
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owwwwwwwwwww w w w w w w w u , play on..........
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I listen to this song while working on my business website www.bol-deal s . c o m
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Do the Do! Wang Dang Doodle! The Wolf at his best. Him, Son House and Mississippi Fred McDowell -it doesnt get any better!!
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Simply marvelous!
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Early Wolf is superb!! Some of his latter stuff tends too closely to soul-blues, though.
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Well, just can't resist him! ☕️
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I miss my bb god bless your rockin soul , god has u
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Kuldlp manik
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