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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 Yearsand its eerie plattermate Moanin' At Midnightwere 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 Midnightin 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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Boy, You Got The Blues There Vol. 1 (LP, 10inch, 45rpm)
Howlin' Wolf: Boy, You Got The Blues There Vol. 1 (LP,... Art-Nr.: BAF14031

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1-LP 10inch vinyl with booklet, 45 RPM, 10 tracks, total playing time 28:50 min. Howlin' Wolf's earliest recordings (1951 - 1953), recorded by Sam Phillips at his Memphis Recording Service and unreleased at the time! Alternate versions...
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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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Spoonful - Howlin' For My Darling (7inch, 45rpm)
Howlin' Wolf: Spoonful - Howlin' For My Darling (7inch, 45rpm) Art-Nr.: 45REPC1762

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1960 Storming classic backed with one his biggest ‘hits’
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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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Blues With A Beat (LP, 10inch)
Howlin' Wolf: Blues With A Beat (LP, 10inch) Art-Nr.: LPCHESS1002

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(2018/Minigroove) 12 tracks - Another 10incher in the 'Minigroove' series by Howlin' Wolfr which never was issued originally that way! The sound is fantastic and the whole thing is a a real treat to listen to! Get your copy today!
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Well That's Alright b-w Everybody's In The Mood 7inch, 45rpm, PS
Howlin' Wolf: Well That's Alright b-w Everybody's In The Mood... Art-Nr.: SP45106

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Two cuts made in the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, supervised by Ike Turner!
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I Didn't Know - Moanin' For My Baby (7inch, 45rpm)
Howlin' Wolf: I Didn't Know - Moanin' For My Baby (7inch, 45rpm) Art-Nr.: 45REPC1695

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Brutal, chaotic banging and thrashing 1958 action from The Wolf and co.
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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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Howlin' Wolf & His Wolf Gang (CD)
Howlin' Wolf: Howlin' Wolf & His Wolf Gang (CD) Art-Nr.: CD120203

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(Wolf Records) 16 tracks Howlin' Wolf '& His Wolf Gang played at his 1815 Club on Chicago's Westside in 1975. This was one of his last concerts before he died in January 1976. This CD also features great studio recordings by the other...
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Smoke Stack Lightning b-w You Can't Be Beat 7inch, 45rpm
Howlin' Wolf: Smoke Stack Lightning b-w You Can't Be Beat... Art-Nr.: REP08057

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(2014/Repro)
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Howlin' Wolf (LP, 180g Vinyl)
Howlin' Wolf: Howlin' Wolf (LP, 180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LPMOV1283

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(2016/Music On Vinyl) 12 tracks. 180 gram vinyl LP reissue of the 1962 self titled "Rockin' Chair" masterwork album.
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Killing Floor - Live 1964&1973 (2-CD)
Howlin' Wolf: Killing Floor - Live 1964&1973 (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDRB3312

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(2015/Rockbeat) 20 tracks. CD1: American Folk Festival, Wiesbaden, Germany, 11/16/1964. Howlin' Wolf - gtr/voc, Sunnyland Slim - pno, Hubert Sumlin - gtr, Clifton James - drums. CD2: Ebbet's Field, Denver, CO, 08/23/1973. Howlin' Wolf -...
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The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions (LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.)
Howlin' Wolf: The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions (LP, 180g... Art-Nr.: LP700169

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(Elemental Music) 13 tracks, 180g vinyl - gatefold cover, limited edition of 1000 copies. With his booming voice and imposing physical presence, Chester Burnett aka Howlin' Wolf is one of the best known Chicago blues artists. The London...
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Smoke Stack Lightning b-w You Can't Be Beat 7inch, 45rpm
Howlin' Wolf: Smoke Stack Lightning b-w You Can't Be Beat... Art-Nr.: REP08056

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Repro! Chess 45 1618
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Just Like I Treat You - Do The Do 7inch, 45rpm
Howlin' Wolf: Just Like I Treat You - Do The Do 7inch, 45rpm Art-Nr.: REP08022

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Super rare on original! Nice blues rocker!
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How Many More Years - Moanin' At Midnight (7inch, 45rpm, RSD)
Howlin' Wolf: How Many More Years - Moanin' At Midnight... Art-Nr.: 45TMR528

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(Third Man Records) Record Store Day November 2018 Recorded at Sam Phillips' Memphis Recording Service at the recommendation of Ike Turner in July 1951, this incredibly influential single is the first ever 7" from legendary bluesman...
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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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Memphis Days Vol.2
Howlin' Wolf: Memphis Days Vol.2 Art-Nr.: MOVLP954

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2014 'Music On Vinyl', 19 tracks. 1951/52 'Sun'.
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Moanin' In The Moonlight (LP 180g Vinyl)
Howlin' Wolf: Moanin' In The Moonlight (LP 180g Vinyl) Art-Nr.: LP6785442

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(2016 / Vinyl Livers) 16 tracks. Howlin 'Wolf's outstanding debut album for Chess Records in 1959 - one of the cornerstones of the genre. It has some of his early hits. In addition, four 4 bonus tracks.
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Heart Like Railroad Steel - Memphis & Chicago Blues 1951-57 (LP)
Howlin' Wolf: Heart Like Railroad Steel - Memphis & Chicago... Art-Nr.: LPBB2001

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(Blues Ball) 12 tracks, reissue. Rare recording from the 50's, the LP was originally released in 1979.
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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 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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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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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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