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Classic Blues Songs Howlin’ Wolf: “I Walked From Dallas”

Classic Blues Songs Howlin’ Wolf: “I Walked From Dallas”

Howlin’ Wolf released the single “I Walked From Dallas” in 1965 along with B-side  “Don’t Laugh At Me”.  Like you hear in more work from Howlin’  Wolf mostly his later work, he mixes guitar, bass and drum with saxophone accents to create an ultimate groove. Complemented with his deep gritty voice Howlin’ Wolf brings true unique blues!

Howlin’  Wolf Album and TV Appereance in 1965

In 1965 Howlin’ Wolf also released the great Real Folk Blues album with killer songs like “Killing Floor”, “Taildragger” and “Built for Comfort”.  And also made his appearance on the American misic TV show Shandig. The Rolling Stones had the opportunity to invite one of their idols and chose Wolf.

I Walked From Dallas
Tell Me What I’ve Done
Don’t Laugh At Me
Ooh Baby (Hold Me)

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Special version Built For Comfort – Howlin’ Wolf

Special version Built For Comfort – Howlin’ Wolf

In November 1968 Howlin’ Wolf recorded for Cadet Concept Records (a subsidiary of Chess Records) the Howlin’ Wolf Album which contains a whole different sound than we are used from Wolf. The album incorporates use of wah-wah pedal and fuzzbox, unconventional rhythms, beats and influences from Psychedelic Rock. Producer Marshall Chess augmented the rhythm of Howlin Wolf’s live band with the use of electric organ and saxophone.

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50 Minutes Electric Blues radio Session

50 Minutes Electric Blues Session

This radio session is all about the electric blues, with one exception: Big Bill Broonzy’s “Sixteen Tons” an acoustic classic.  You will further find  various classics of Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, Johnny Otis, Taj Mahall and many more..

West Coast Blues Lowell Fulson

We kick of with “My Aching Back” by Lowell Fulson. This hit was released  on 45 RPM in 1966 as the backside of “Change your Ways” and contains a whole lot of rhythm and was featured on his album “Soul”.

Taj Mahal and Otis Rush

In honor of Taj Mahal’s career Sony Music released an collection of studio recordings called The Hidden Treasures of Taj Mahal. “Chainey Do” appears on this album and is like most of his early recordings a rocking blues tune. Another bluesman in this radio session Otis Rush released his hit “Me” on his 1969 album Mourning In the Morning. This song is very grooving and soulful blues song and contains on hell of a guitar solo  listen at: 2:22 minutes.

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Sideman: Long Road To Glory Film portrays legendary blues sidemen

Sideman: Long Road To Glory Film portrays legendary blues sidemen

On some of the greatest Chicago Blues albums you will find their names on the backside of your record. Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin and Willie “big eyes” Smith were the backbone of the best blues bands around.  They made history as sidemen alongside Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf in the 50s, 60s and 70s. and now these legends are featured in documentary  film SIDEMEN – Long Road To Glory.

Legendary  Sideman of Muddy and Wolf

In the documentary artist like Bonnie Riatt recall that Hubert Sumlin’, Pinetop Perkins and Willie Smith were actually too big to be called sidemen and she is right. All these guys recorded multiple records, received Grammy awards, were inducted into the Rock nd Roll hall of fame and played the blues over more than sixty years. But it is amazing to see that their is a movie dedicated to not the blues bandleaders but the backing bandmembers.

Trailer Blues Documentary THE SIDEMAN

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Ben Hemming explores the ‘Broken Man’ on Goth Americana Blues Album

Ben Hemming explores the ‘Broken Man’ on Goth Americana Blues Album

Whether you listen to music on the radio, live or on your record player, a whole lot of songs are based on traditional themes like love. But describing struggles of a human being, or writing poetry about the darker side of humanity is what London based singer-songwriter Ben Hemming does.

Hemming tries to explore what it is to be human and how in the modern age something seems fundamentally missing in day to day life. On his album “Broken Man” you’ll find 13 songs with that atmosphere packed into a dark Goth, Blues and Americana package.

“Broken Man”says a lot about the main concepts of his work and that was a good reason to ask him about his music, influences and signature guitar riffs.

You will like Ben Hemming’s music more every day because there is a lot  to discover in each single song from the guitar riffs to the lyrics to the intensity.

What music do you listen at home?

“As far as my musical influences, I love the work of early Bluesmen like Son House or Howling’ Wolf. I aspire to the simplicity of the Blues and how one man with nothing more than a guitar and a voice can express so much about what it is to be alive”.

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Remixed Blues Songs | Smokestack Lightnin’ – Howlin’ Wolf

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Remixed Blues Songs | Smokestack Lightnin’ – Howlin’ Wolf

The great Howlin’ Wolf recorded amazing songs in Memphis, London and Chicago, but if you have to pick one song that really has all features of a signature Wolf song, it is Smokestack Lightning“. In 1956, four years after Howlin’ Wolf moved to Chicago Smokestack Lightnin’ was recorded and it became one of his most popular and influential songs. It is based on earlier blues songs and numerous artists later interpreted it.

Even today Smokestack Lightnin’ is an inspiration for musicians and DJ’s. A lot of musicians including Soundgarden and Lynyrd Skynyrd covered the song. Also DJ’s change this old blues classic in new danceable song.  My favorite remix of Smokestack Lightnin’ is the version of Beat Diplomacy.

Howlin’ Wolf meets Wilfred Skimbleshanks – Smokestack Lightnin’ (Beat Diplomacy Remix)

Beat Diplomacy is an electro acoustic act from London formed by Tomas Gorol (producer) and Michele Budda (saxophone, piano) in 2014. Their genre varies over electro swing, blues and jazz. Their major inspiration is taken from artists like Parov Stelar, Gramatik, Goldfish or Big Gigantic.

They recently released their first EP Get Back To Swing! which includes collaborations with guitarist Fernando Salomao and vocalist Ana Laura Martins.

From Moanin’ in the Moonlight (1959).


Muziek ‘Smokestack Lightnin” van Howlin’ Wolf ( • • )

Howlin’ Wolf “Smokestack Lightning” Live 1964

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From The Super Super Blues band a classic blues song “Long Distance Call”

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From The Super Super Blues band a classic blues song “Long Distance Call”

In 1968 Chess studios released a unique album it was a collaboration of the greatest blues musician of that time; Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Bo Diddley recorded The Super Super Blues Band. This album is full of rocking blues classics, produced by Willie Dixon under the supervision of Phil and Marshall Chess. The fun part of this albums is that all three legends sings and play on every song together. You will hear Howlin’ Wolf sing Bo Diddley’s song “Diddley Daddy and  Muddy sings along on Wolf’s classic “Spoonful“.

Wrecking My love Life

A song you can listen all day is “Wrecking My Love Life”, besides the vocals of Muddy, Wolf and Diddley that really blast out of your speakers like it is a jam that is played in front of you, a magnificent woman sings soulful ‘woohoowoo baby…’ throughout the song. Wrecking My love Life is a blues version of Reggae.

Long Distance Call – Muddy Waters

Long Distance Moan – Blind Lemon Jefferson

Long Distance Call the 3 versions

Long Distance Call was first released in 1951 by Chess and reached #8 in the R&B chart. The song originates in the song “Long distance Moan” released by Texas bluesman Blind Lemon Jefferson in 1929. While Muddy changed the name and lyrics of the song slightly, in the music you still hear a lot of moaning. Long Distance Call is a great example of the modern blues, there aren’t a lot of songs that show so good how blue someone can become as Long distance call. This song gets in your veins, bones and soul. Not only because of the lyrics but also through the guitar, the slow drums and the interludes that make this song so magical.

In comparison to the original Muddy Waters version, on the Super Super Blues band Record Long Distance Call is transformed into a rocking blues song. Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Sing and the slow drums are changed into a rhythmic beat. The guitar screams are replaced by harmonica grooves.

Long Distance Call – Super Super Blues Band

 Diddley Daddy

Diddley Daddy is another song worth listening on Super Super Blues Band. Diddley Daddy was recorded on May 15, 1955 in Chicago and became a signature song of Bo Diddley. It is cool to hear how Howlin’ Wolf easily takes over the lyrics of Bo. Like the original version, the Super Super blues band version is rockin’ blues. Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters make the song grooving like a jam. Interesting about this song is the 1963 cover by the Rolling Stones which was part of their first demo recording.

Rolling Stones – Diddley Daddy

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