Howlin' Wolf

Born: 
06/10/1910
City: 
White Station
Region: 
Mississippi
Country: 
USA
Died: 
01/20/1976
Years Active: 
1951-1976
Instruments: 
Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals

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Chester Arthur Burnett, better known as Howlin' Wolf, was an influential American blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player.

With a booming voice and looming physical presence, Burnett is commonly ranked among the leading performers in electric blues; musician and critic Cub Koda declared, "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." Many songs popularized by Burnett—such as "Smokestack Lightnin'," "Back Door Man" and "Spoonful"—have become standards of blues and blues rock.

At 6 feet, 6 inches and close to 300 pounds, he was an imposing presence with one of the loudest and most memorable voices of all the "classic" 1950s Chicago blues singers. Howlin' Wolf's voice has been compared to "the sound of heavy machinery operating on a gravel road". This rough-edged, slightly fearsome musical style is often contrasted with the less crude but still powerful presentation of his contemporary and professional rival, Muddy Waters - although the two were reportedly not that different in actual personality - to describe the two pillars of the Chicago blues representing the music.

Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson (Rice Miller), Little Walter Jacobs and Muddy Waters are usually regarded in retrospect as the greatest blues artists who recorded for Chess in Chicago. Sam Phillips once remarked, "When I heard Howlin' Wolf, I said, 'This is for me. This is where the soul of man never dies.'" In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him #51 on their list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

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Discography

Concerts

Event Datesort descending Venue City Region Country
Howlin' Wolf 06/27/1967 Chess Mate Detroit Michigan USA
Howlin' Wolf 06/28/1967 Chess Mate Detroit Michigan USA
Howlin' Wolf 06/29/1967 Chess Mate Detroit Michigan USA
Howlin' Wolf 06/30/1967 Chess Mate Detroit Michigan USA
Howlin' Wolf 07/01/1967 Chess Mate Detroit Michigan USA
Howlin' Wolf 07/02/1967 Chess Mate Detroit Michigan USA
Howlin' Wolf 08/30/1968 Grande Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
Howlin' Wolf 08/31/1968 Grande Ballroom Detroit Michigan USA
Howlin' Wolf 07/18/1969 Eastown Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Howlin' Wolf 07/19/1969 Eastown Theater Detroit Michigan USA
Ann Arbor Blues Festival 08/02/1969 Gallup Park Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Ann Arbor Blues Festival 08/07/1970 Otis Spann Memorial Field Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Howlin' Wolf 04/30/1971 Chess Mate Detroit Michigan USA
Howlin' Wolf 05/01/1971 Chess Mate Detroit Michigan USA
B.B. King / Howlin' Wolf 10/08/1971 Hill Auditorium Ann Arbor Michigan USA
Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival 09/08/1972 Otis Spann Memorial Field Ann Arbor Michigan USA
B.B. King / Howlin' Wolf 03/23/1973 Bowen Field House Ypsilanti Michigan USA
International Blues Festival 07/06/1974 Cobo Arena Detroit Michigan USA
Howlin' Wolf 07/31/1974 Rainbow Room Detroit Michigan USA
Howlin' Wolf 08/01/1974 Rainbow Room Detroit Michigan USA
Howlin' Wolf 08/02/1974 Rainbow Room Detroit Michigan USA
Howlin' Wolf 08/03/1974 Rainbow Room Detroit Michigan USA
Howlin' Wolf 01/28/1975 Savoy Room Detroit Michigan USA
Howlin' Wolf 01/29/1975 Savoy Room Detroit Michigan USA
Howlin' Wolf 01/30/1975 Savoy Room Detroit Michigan USA

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