“I couldn’t do no yodelin’, so I turned to howlin’. And it’s done me just fine.”
– Howlin’ Wolf –
Howlin’ Wolf is the biggest bigman of the blues, and that is what you hear in songs like Smokestack Lightning. He is the Shaquille O’neal of the blues, and while listening to the song 300 pound (of a heavily Joy) you understand how Wolf dominated the bluesscene for over fourty years. this is the Howlin’ Wolf Big Man Blues blog.
Howlin’ Wolf in Memphis
Howlin’ Wolf made fame in Memphis at Sun Records, I always forget the Big Man recorded for Sun, he made some great songs like How Many More Years and Well That’s Allright in that period. a few years later Wolf went to Chicago where he released the album Howlin’ Wolf Rockin’ Chair In 1962, It is a great album, with an artistic cover. It contains songs like Wang Dang Doodle”, “Goin’ Down Slow”, “Spoonful”, and “Little Red Rooster.
With the London Sessions, a more groovy album Wolf plays his songs with some of the British bluesmasters like Eric Clapon, Ian Stewart and Bill Wyman. After the release of this album Howlin’ Wolf became widly succesfull in the United Kingdom. Fellow artists like Sonny Boy Williamson and John Lee Hooker had already proved to be succesfull in Europa. Wolf would be Next.
Everybody is familiar with the arguments between muddy and Wolf:
“I don’t have anything to say about the guy [Muddy Waters], you know. Treat me all right. But I can this: they are jealous hearted, you know. Are jealous hearted musicians, you know. See, if you can’t do like your songs, get kinda jealous of you. Like you, like they think you better than them and all that, but I don’t fool with those kind of peoples, you know. I ain’t got the time.” – Howlin’ Wolf