Howlin’ Wolf

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Chester Arthur Burnett (Howlin’ Wolf) was born on June 10, 1910 and died on January 10, 1976. He was an influential American blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player. He started performing in the 1930s. The famous growl was actually meant to be a yodel, modelled on country singer Jimmie Rodgers. On April 9, 1941 he was called up for the Army. He could not adjust to military life and was discharged on November 3, 1943, during the middle of World War II, without ever being sent overseas. He was discovered by Memphis record producer Sam Phillips in 1951. His recordings, like many Sun tracks of the time, were placed with Chess, who issued Howlin’ Wolf’s “Moanin’ At Midnight” b/w “How Many More Years” on August 15, 1951.

Smokestack Lightning (1956) was awarded a Grammy.

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