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Howlin' Wolf

Howlin' Wolf

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The Great Unknowns No. 11: Howlin' Wolf Burnette

Profile by Guy Stevens, Record Mirror, 31 August 1963

WHEN PYE records launched their second R & B campaign, one of the artists involved was a gentleman by the strange name of Howlin' Wolf. ...

The American Folk-Blues Festival: All About The Croaker!

Report and Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, 10 October 1964

Long John Baldry talks to RM's David Griffiths about the Folk-Blues Festival ...

Howlin' Wolf: The Marquee, London, November 26, 1964

Live Review by John Broven, Blues Unlimited, January 1965

FOLLOWING HIS performances at Croydon and elsewhere, Wolf's first visit to an English club was eagerly awaited by local blues enthusiasts, He was accorded a ...

Blues '66: Howlin' Wolf

Interview by Paul Williams, Crawdaddy!, September 1966

(Howling Wolf is a well-known Chicago blues singer, who performs and records with an amplified band in the Chicago style. This interview was taped in ...

Albums from Howlin' Wolf, Dr. Ross and Lightnin' Hopkins

Review by Max Jones, Melody Maker, 15 October 1966


The Men Who Make The Blues: Howlin' Wolf

Profile by Max Jones, Melody Maker, 29 March 1969

HOWLIN' WOLF is, as his name suggests, one of the "heavy" bluesmen. A 6ft 3in singer, weighing 280 lbs or more, he is as tough ...

The Dave Godin Column: Howlin' Wolf

Essay by Dave Godin, Blues & Soul, April 1969

I RECENTLY READ a most scathing and critical review of the new Howlin' Wolf album which has been issued in the States on Cadet-Concept (the ...

Howlin' Wolf: The Howlin' Wolf Album (Chess CRLS4543)

Review by Max Jones, Melody Maker, 26 April 1969

ON THE front cover of THE HOWLIN' WOLF ALBUM (Chess CRLS4543) is printed the message: "This is Howlin' Wolf's New Album. He doesn't like it. ...

Albums from Creedence Clearwater Revival, Howlin' Wolf et al

Review by uncredited writer, Hit Parader, August 1969

BAYOU COUNTRY is the second album by Creedence Clearwater Revival and they are undoubtedly the most joyful, exciting rock and roll band since Little Richard. ...

Payin' Some Dues — Blues at Ann Arbor

Live Review by Miller Francis jr., The Great Speckled Bird, 18 August 1969

"I'd like for them to hear the real things. I don't think yet that most of the white people like my music because it's blues. I ...

Howlin' Wolf, The Groundhogs: Marquee Club, London

Live Review by Jerry Gilbert, Melody Maker, 15 November 1969

THERE WAS nothing new about Chester Burnett's routine at the Marquee Club on Thursday, but the Wolf, nearing the end of his third British tour, ...

Howlin' Wolf: Wolf Gathers His Flock In London

Report and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Melody Maker, 16 May 1970

WHEN THE early 1960s gave birth to the R&B boom in Britain, it was artists like Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Bo Diddley and Muddy Waters ...

Memphis Blues: Sun Rise

Overview by Colin Escott, Record Mirror, 13 November 1971

IN 1950 WHEN Sam Phillips gave up his job as band promoter for the Peabody Hotel in Memphis and opened the studio of the Memphis ...

Howlin' Wolf

Profile by Ben Edmonds, Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival program, November 1972

"Howlin' Wolf, man...he's the guts of America spilling out on the floor, that's all."Greil Marcus/CREEM ...

Howlin' Wolf: Max's Kansas City, New York NY

Live Review by Howard Wuelfing, The Village Voice, 7 June 1973

WELL, IT'S OFFICIAL now. New York is the glitter capital of the rock world and Max's is its major stronghold. That's what an article in ...

Howlin' Wolf: All The Man Wants To Do Is Sing The Blues

Report by Jim Esposito, The Gainesville Sun, 8 September 1974

Born Chester Burnett on June 10, 1910 on a plantation near Tupelo, Mississippi, Howlin' Wolf is a legendary black bluesman, ranking with the likes of ...

Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter

Review by Don Snowden, Pasadena Guardian, November 1975

Howlin' Wolf: Change My Way (CHV 418)Sonny Boy Williamson: One Way Out (CHV 417)Little Walter: Confessin' The Blues (CHV 416)Chess Vintage Series (Chess/Janus Records) ...

...Howlin’ for The Wolf

Retrospective by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 24 January 1976

"I was just a country boy, glad to get some sounds on wax" ...

Various Artists Sun Records: The Blues Years 1950 — 1956

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 15 February 1986

"The blues is a chair, not a design for a chair, or a better chair… it is the first chair. It is a chair for ...

Howlin' Wolf: Live and Cookin' at Alice's Revisited

Sleeve notes by Don Snowden, Chess/MCA Records, 1992

BY 1972, HOWLIN' WOLF was on the downhill side of his fabled career as one of the twin titans of Chicago blues. ...

Hubert Sumlin: The Wolf’s Man

Interview by Alan Paul, Guitar World, 1998

INTRODUCTION: I had heard that Hubert Sumlin was a genuinely nice guy. But before I ventured uptown to a Manhattan club to interview him, there ...

The Howlin' Wolf Story

Film/DVD/TV Review by j. poet, Paste, 23 January 2004

THE DEBATE ABOUT precisely when the blues became rock'n'roll will go on forever, but the footage of The Howlin' Wolf Story makes a good case ...

Talkin' 'Bout A Spoonful: Hubert Sumlin, Eric Clapton and the evolution of blues guitar

Essay by Adam Blake, Cosmik Debris, 22 February 2004

FOR THE RECORD, I would like to state that my favourite bluesmen are Sonny Boy (Aleck 'Rice' Miller) Williamson and Professor Longhair, neither of whom ...

Hubert Sumlin, 1931-2011

Obituary by Tony Russell, The Guardian, 5 December 2011

Revered blues guitarist who combined musically with Howlin' Wolf "like gasoline and a lit match" ...

Howlin' Wolf's London Sessions

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Blues, November 2013

NOW REVERED AS a lynchpin moment in the history of the blues, Howlin' Wolf's 1970 London Sessions with a superstar assemblage of England's rock royalty, ...

Peter Guralnick: New Bio Finally Gives Rock and Roll Architect Sam Phillips His Due

Report and Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 29 December 2015

WELL, AS Guralnick clarifies shortly into his foreword, if Sam Phillips didn't exactly "invent" rock and roll, he at least discovered it. Or so it ...

Peter Guralnick: Sam Phillips – The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll/ Ray Benson & David Menconi: Comin' Right At Ya

Book Review by Peter Stone Brown, CounterPunch, 26 February 2016

SAM PHILLIPS, the man behind Sun Records was easily one of the most important figures in the history of American popular music. ...

The History of the Blues-Rock Press: Part 2

Retrospective by Don Armstrong, Music Journalism History, March 2020

Based on a series of posts published in Music Journalism History from November 9, 2019 to March 13, 2020. ...

see also Hubert Sumlin


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