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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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