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Howlin' Wolf

Howlin' Wolf (center) at Silvio's, with Johnny Jones (piano) & Andrew McMahon (bass);

Howlin' Wolf (center) at Silvio's, 1964, with (l to r) Willie Young (sax), Cassell Burrow (drums), Hubert Sumlin (guitar), Johnny Jones (piano), Andrew McMahon (bass); photographer: Raeburn Flerlage

Howlin' Wolf, wearing the white shirt and tie, plays an early Fender Stratocaster at a live gig.

Howlin' Wolf | Howlin' Wolf was born on June 10, 1910 in White Station, Mississippi, near West Point. He was named Chester Arthur Burnett, after Chester A. Arthur, the 21st President of the United States. His physique garnered him the nicknames of Big Foot Chester and Bull Cow as a young man: he was 6 feet 3 inches tall and often weighed close to 275 pounds.

Howlin' Wolf with Hubert Sumlin. At 6 feet, 6 inches and close to 300 pounds, Howlin' Wolf was an imposing presence with one of the loudest and most memorable voices of all the "classic" Chicago blues singers.

Sonny Boy Williamson II and Howlin Wolf

Sonny Boy Williamson and Howlin' Wolf American Folk Blues Tour

Hubert Sumlin and Howlin Wolf

“Howlin’ Wolf and Hubert Sumlin at Big Duke’s Blue Flame Lounge, Chicago 1971 ”

Howlin’ Wolf

Critic Cub Koda: "no one could match Howlin' Wolf for the singular ability to rock the house down to the foundation while simultaneously scaring its patrons out of their wits.