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Know any other songs by Howlin' Wolf? Don't keep it to yourself! Add it Here. Watch the song video Going Back Home. Moanin' at Midnight. How Many More Years. Smokestack Lightning. The Natchez Burning. Who's Been Talking? Sitting on Top of the World. The musician and critic Cub Koda noted, "no one could match Howlin' Wolf for the singular ability to rock the house down to the foundation while simultaneously scaring its patrons out of its wits.
This is where the soul of man never dies. Arthur , the 21st President of the United States. The name "Howlin' Wolf" originated from Burnett's maternal grandfather, who would admonish him for killing his grandmother's chicks from reckless squeezing by warning him that wolves in the area would come and get him; the family would continue this by calling the young man "the Wolf".
Burnett's parents separated when he was a year old. In , Burnett met Charley Patton , the most popular bluesman in the Mississippi Delta at the time. He would listen to Patton play nightly from outside a nearby juke joint.
The two became acquainted, and soon Patton was teaching him guitar. Burnett recalled that "the first piece I ever played in my life was He played with Patton often in small Delta communities. The country singer Jimmie Rodgers was also an influence. Burnett tried to emulate Rodgers's "blue yodel " but found that his efforts sounded more like a growl or a howl: "I couldn't do no yodelin', so I turned to howlin'.
And it's done me just fine". By the end of the decade, he was a fixture in clubs, with a harmonica and an early electric guitar. On April 9, , he was inducted into the U. Army and was stationed at several bases around the country. He found it difficult to adjust to military life, and was discharged at the end of his hitch on November 3, He returned to his family, which had recently moved near West Memphis, Arkansas , and helped with the farming while also performing, as he had done in the s, with Floyd Jones and others.
In he formed a band, which included the guitarists Willie Johnson and Matt "Guitar" Murphy , the harmonica player Junior Parker , a pianist remembered only as "Destruction" and the drummer Willie Steele. His eyes would light up, you'd see the veins come out on his neck and, buddy, there was nothing on his mind but that song. Sun Records had not yet been formed, so Phillips licensed his recording to Chess Records. Within a year he had persuaded the guitarist Hubert Sumlin to leave Memphis and join him in Chicago; Sumlin's understated solos and surprisingly subtle phrasing perfectly complemented Burnett's huge voice.
The lineup of the Howlin' Wolf band changed often over the years. He employed many different guitarists, both on recordings and in live performance, including Willie Johnson, Jody Williams, Lee Cooper , L. Burnett was able to attract some of the best musicians available because of his policy, unusual among bandleaders, of paying his musicians well and on time, even including unemployment insurance and Social Security contributions.
Howlin' Wolf had a series of hits with songs written by Willie Dixon , who had been hired by the Chess brothers in as a songwriter, and during that period the competition between Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf was intense.
Dixon reported "Every once in a while Wolf would mention the fact that, 'Hey man, you wrote that song for Muddy. How come you won't write me one like that? As was standard practice in that era, it was a collection of previously released singles.
Several became part of the repertoires of British and American rock groups, who further popularized them. Howlin' Wolf's second compilation album, Howlin' Wolf often called "the rocking chair album", from its cover illustration , was released in During the blues revival in the s and s, black blues musicians found a new audience among white youths, and Howlin' Wolf was among the first to capitalize on it. In , he appeared on the popular television program Shindig!
The album had an attention-getting cover: large black letters on a white background proclaiming "This is Howlin' Wolf's new album. He doesn't like it. He didn't like his electric guitar at first either. Chess co-founder Leonard Chess admitted that the cover was a bad idea, saying, "I guess negativity isn't a good way to sell records.
Who wants to hear that a musician doesn't like his own music? Wolf's last album was 's The Back Door Wolf. The album is shorter a little more than 35 minutes than any other he recorded, as a result of his declining health. Burnett was noted for his disciplined approach to his personal finances. Although functionally illiterate into his forties, Burnett eventually returned to school, first to earn a General Educational Development GED diploma and later to study accounting and other business courses to help manage his career.
Burnett met his future wife, Lillie, when she attended one of his performances at a Chicago club. She and her family were urban and educated and were not involved in what was considered the unsavory world of blues musicians. Nevertheless, he was attracted to her as soon as he saw her in the audience.
He immediately pursued her and won her over. According to those who knew them, the couple remained deeply in love until his death. Together, they raised two daughters Betty and Barbara, Lillie's daughters from an earlier relationship. West Cost rapper Skeme is his great nephew, who was born 14 years after his death. After he married Lillie, who was able to manage his professional finances, Burnett was so financially successful that he was able to offer band members not only a decent salary but benefits such as health insurance; this enabled him to hire his pick of available musicians and keep his band one of the best around.
According to his stepdaughters, he was never financially extravagant for instance, he drove a Pontiac station wagon rather than a more expensive, flashy car.
Burnett's health began declining in the late s. He had several heart attacks and suffered bruised kidneys in a car accident in Concerned for his health, the bandleader Eddie Shaw limited him to performing 21 songs per concert.
He died of complications from the procedure on January 10, , at the age of He was buried in Oakridge Cemetery , outside Chicago, in a plot in Section 18, on the east side of the road.
His gravestone has an image of a guitar and harmonica etched into it. On September 17, , the U. Postal Service issued a cent commemorative postage stamp depicting Howlin' Wolf. The Howlin' Wolf Foundation, a nonprofit corporation organized under the US tax code, section c 3 , was established by Bettye Kelly to preserve and extend Howlin' Wolf's legacy.
The foundation's mission and goals include the preservation of the blues music genre, scholarships to enable students to participate in music programs, and support for blues musicians and blues programs. In , Howlin' Wolf was awarded an honorary doctor of arts degree from Columbia College in Chicago. A Howlin' Wolf recording of "Smokestack Lightning" was selected for a Grammy Hall of Fame Award , an award established in to honor recordings that are at least 25 years old and have "qualitative or historical significance".
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