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Howlin' Wolf

For a guy who didn't see the inside of a recording studio until he was 40 years old, Chester Arthur Burnett certainly made up for lost time. Of course, the giant known as Howlin' Wolf possessed the most fearsome, feral vocal cords in the annals of electric postwar blues. His wheezing harmonica was as distinctive as his unbeatable flair for showmanship; he routinely rolled around the stage in simulation of sexual ecstasy or climbed the stage curtains like a deranged madman.

"Wolf was the greatest that I've ever known," says his longtime saxist Eddie Shaw. "Wolf was not only a musician, he was an entertainer. That's what I respected him for."

Born June 10, 1910 in White Station, Mississippi (near West Point), Burnett got his stage moniker from his grandfather (the impressively built lad also answered to Big Foot and Bullcow). His family settled in the Delta in 1923, and the great Charley Patton gave him personal tutelage on guitar in '28. Chester picked up harmonica licks from Rice Miller—Sonny Boy Williamson #2—when the harpist was romancing Wolf's sister. He was playing electric guitar on the streets as early as 1938. After returning from an ill-fated Army stint during World War II, the big man got more serious about his music, landing a daily 15-minute program on KWEM in West Memphis in 1949. Sam Phillips caught one of Wolf's broadcasts and was transfixed.

Phillips brought Wolf into his fledgling Memphis Recording Service in the spring of 1951 for a demo date. Sam shipped the results up north to Chess, which requested a full session in either May or August. Accompanying Wolf was his sledgehammer guitarist Willie Johnson, a product of Lake Cormorant, Mississippi (he was born March 4, 1923) who played pretty ninth chords one second and barbed-wire leads the next. Also on hand were drummer Willie Steele and a pianist. How Many More Years and its eerie plattermate Moanin' At Midnight were cut at that first date, and both pierced the R&B charts on Chess, How Many peaking higher at #4. 

Meanwhile, Ike Turner had hipped the Bihari brothers to Wolf's talents and they pacted him to RPM, setting up a session at KWEM that September that yielded Morning At Midnight (Moanin' At Midnight in paper-thin disguise), a How Many More Years variant titled Dog Me Around, and two more titles. "The Modern record company would come in, and we would record the same songs for them and get 25 bucks apiece," said Turner. With Wolf now also on RPM, the feud between Leonard Chess and Modern's Bihari brothers ramped up. The battle was ultimately settled the next year when Modern held on to Memphis pianist Rosco Gordon (another Phillips discovery claimed by both labels) while the Wolf went to Chess. Great as Rosco was, looks like Leonard won that round.

 

Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois

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Memphis Days Vol.1 (CD)
Howlin' Wolf: Memphis Days Vol.1 (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD15460

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1-CD with 12-page booklet, 21 tracks. Playing time approx. 61 min. Hailed by fans and critics as one of the greatest blues CDs ever issued! For SUN Records founder Sam Phillips, Chester Burnett aka Howlin' Wolf remained the greatest...
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Memphis Days Vol.2 (CD)
Howlin' Wolf: Memphis Days Vol.2 (CD) Art-Nr.: BCD15500

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1-CD with 8-page booklet, 19 tracks. Playing time approx. 51 mns. A companion to Volume 1, this includes all the released Chess masters from Memphis together with out-takes of both the issued and unissued recordings. A total of 19 songs...
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The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions (2-CD)
Howlin' Wolf: The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDMOC13977

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(MCA) 28 Tracks - Deluxe Digipac with 26 page booklet of rare photos and notes by Bill Dahl With his booming voice and imposing physical presence, Chester Burnett aka Howlin' Wolf is one of Chicago's most famous blues artists. The London...
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Moanin' In The Moonlight (LP & CD)
Howlin' Wolf: Moanin' In The Moonlight (LP & CD) Art-Nr.: LP77028

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(Groove Replica) 16 tracks inkl. bonus tracks
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The Wolf Is At Your Door (2-CD)
Howlin' Wolf: The Wolf Is At Your Door (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDJAS30201

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(1951-60 'Chess') (126:58/46)
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Blues Forever - The Best Of Howlin' Wolf (CD)
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(SAAR srl) 16 tracks - original recordings from 1951-1952, made at Sun Studios, Memphis!
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Off The Record (CD)
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(CHESS) 12 tracks
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Howlin' Wolf - Featuring Hubert Sumlin On Guitar
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(1996 'Hal Leonard') Standard Notation, TAB und Lyrics. Inklusive Kommentare zu den Gitarrenstilen von Hubert Sumlin und Willie Johnson. Bis auf zwei sind alle auf der Chess-Box (CD CHD3 9332) zu finden / authentic transcriptions from...
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Live & Cookin' At Alice's Revisited
Howlin' Wolf: Live & Cookin' At Alice's Revisited Art-Nr.: CD34229

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(1972 'Chess') (65:05/10) 'Recorded live at Alice's Revisited, Chicago - January 26, 1972.' - HOWLIN' WOLF - hca/voc, EDDIE SHAW - ten, HUBERT SUMLIN - gtr, L.V. WILLIAMS - gtr, SUNNYLAND SLIM - pno, DAVID MYERS - bass, FRED BELOW - drums.
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The Howlin' Wolf Anthology (2-CD)
Howlin' Wolf: The Howlin' Wolf Anthology (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CD9835012

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(2007/Universal) 48 tracks - Officially released 2-CD set, a comprehensive collection of his Chess 45s. Superb sound quality.
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Howlin' Wolf - Moanin' In The Moonlight
Howlin' Wolf: Howlin' Wolf - Moanin' In The Moonlight Art-Nr.: CDCH5908

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(1951-61 'Chess') (65:57/24)
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The Back Door Wolf
Howlin' Wolf: The Back Door Wolf Art-Nr.: CDCHD9358

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(1973 'Chess Records') (39:40/11) Sein letztes Album für Chess / his last for Chess. HOWLIN' WOLF - hca/voc, HUBERT SUMLIN & WILIE HARRIS - gtrs, DETROIT JR. - pno, ANDREW MacMAHON - bass, S.P. LEARY - drums (contains one alternate take)
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Sings The Blues
Howlin' Wolf: Sings The Blues Art-Nr.: CDCHM1013

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From Ace (UK) Records 'Crown' series, re-producing the original art work and adding bonus tracks. Great stuff!.
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The Howlin' Wolf Album
Howlin' Wolf: The Howlin' Wolf Album Art-Nr.: CDGET54038

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When this album was first released during the late 1960s, lovers of traditional style electric blues from Chicago ... they hated it! Psychedelic caterwauling, uninspired rock drumming, and a vocalist who didn't seem to like what he was...
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Message To The Young
Howlin' Wolf: Message To The Young Art-Nr.: CDGET54046

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The last of his 'psychedelic' albums, produced by Cash McCall and Sonny Thompson. The Wolf sounds uninspired. The songs won't really fit to his massive style and vocal power. - Digipak. HOWLIN' WOLF - voc, JON STOCKTIN - gtr, BRYCE...
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London Sessions
Howlin' Wolf: London Sessions Art-Nr.: CDMCA013720

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Excerpts from the 'DeLuxe-Edition' 2-CD set. Contains previously unavailable outtakes and bonus cuts.
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The Real Folk Blues - More Real Folk Blues
Howlin' Wolf: The Real Folk Blues - More Real Folk Blues Art-Nr.: CDMCAD112820

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The original albums 'The Real Folk Blues' and 'More Real Folk Blues', originally released in 1966, and '67 re-issued on one CD. Despite the album titles, both feature the Wolf with his full band and are featuring loud, expressive,...
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Live And Cookin' At Alice's Revisited
Howlin' Wolf: Live And Cookin' At Alice's Revisited Art-Nr.: CDRV336

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The only live album released during his lifetime. Contains two bonus cuts. Great Chicago blues band! HOWLIN' WOLF - hca/voc, HUBERT SUMLIN - gtr, L.V. 'WILLIE' WILLIAMS - gtr, SUNNYLAND SLIM - pno, EDDIE SHAW - ten, DAVID MYERS - bass,...
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Evil
Howlin' Wolf: Evil Art-Nr.: CHESS1540

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(1959 'Chess') Universal 180 g HD vinyl.
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Moanin' In The Moonlight
Howlin' Wolf: Moanin' In The Moonlight Art-Nr.: DOX655

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(1951-59 'Chess') Doxy
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In Concert 1970
Howlin' Wolf: In Concert 1970 Art-Nr.: DVD13099

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This DVD shows Howlin' Wolf prowling on stage. Supported by his superb band, he plays a set of his own classics. Great to have these filmings available now. HOWLIN' WOLF - voc/hca, HUBERT SUMLIN - gtr, SUNNYLAND SLIM - org, RANDY JOE...
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The Howlin' Wolf Story
Howlin' Wolf: The Howlin' Wolf Story Art-Nr.: DVD566319

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fascinating 'director's cut' version with 30 extra minutes. Rare and mostly previously unseen live footage by this impressive blues artist. You'll also get drummer Sam Lay's rare, never-before-seen home movies of stars of the Chicago...
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The Howlin' Wolf Album (LP, Ltd.)
Howlin' Wolf: The Howlin' Wolf Album (LP, Ltd.) Art-Nr.: LPGET54038

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(Geffen Records) 10 tracks Recorded in November 1968 at Ter Mar Studios - Chicago. Cadet Concept Records, Chicago, Ill, 60616. Limited to 1,000 copies.
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Message To The Young
Howlin' Wolf: Message To The Young Art-Nr.: LPGET54046

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(1971 'Chess') Get On Down
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