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Howlin’ Wolf – Rockin’ The Blues!

Howlin’ Wolf – Rockin’ The Blues!

Howlin Wolf, back in the day leaves quite an imprint for future generations when it comes to the blues. As well as, bring “The Booming Voice Of The Blues” and the ringleader along with guitarist and blues singer. Well known for his animated stage persona, along with his loud booming voice and large stature he commanded the stage when performing.

Which also meant that his his band would also have to be over the top just as well!  He always has a usual cast of characters that he has as an arsenal of artistry. Some long standing while others just being guests on stage on any given night. It was 1964, and the perfect time to be a blues musician. The video below is from the American Folk Blues Festival.

Silvio’s Blues Club

Whenever he was in Chicago, performing, you could usually find him at Silvio’s one of Chicago’s premier blues clubs. Which was a club that often attracted a diverse audience. This place became Howlin’ Wolf’s house due to the fact that this is one of the premier places that most blues fans could catch him live. It’s 1964. While on stage along with his band, you always saw him dressed to the nines in a suit, blowin’ on a harmonica. Singing in a loud boisterous voice and playing his harmonica.

Furthermore, his music produced several hits such as “Smokestack Lightnin’,” “Little Red Rooster,” and “Back Door Man,” which are known for their influence on rock and roll bands such as The Rolling Stones and The Doors who would often frequent this club. As well as many others when in Chi-Town. Sadly, there isn’t any video’s that the times from this great place. 

Howlin’ Wolf – Shake For Me 1964

The perfect elixir for a stressful day that will lift your spirits to a place called happy! This is from the American Folk Blues Festival (1962-1966) featuring Howlin’ Wolf – Vocals, Guitar Willie Dixon – Bass Clifton James- Drums Hubert Sumlin – Guitar Sunnyland Slim – Piano.


How Many More Years

From the DVD “Blues at Newport 1966”; Howlin’ Wolf  – A very good performance by a consummate Master of the Blues. Howlin’ Wolf was 6 feet, 6 inches tall and close to 300 pounds, but in this song he’s been pushed around by a woman, and wonders how much longer he’s going to endure it. At the end of the song, he says he’s going to get his stuff and leave, but we’re not sure if he’ll go through with it. Enjoy!

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Credits: Alamy – AOEHEH – Howlin’ Wolf  & Songfacts – How Many more years

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