Blues Musician: Howlin’ Wolf

Anyone who enjoys listening to blues music is likely to be a fan of the legendary Howlin’ Wolf, who was a prominent American blues singer and guitarist in the 1950s Chicago music scene.

Howlin’ Wolf, whose birth name was Chester Arthur Burnett, had a number of popular hits, including “Spoonful,” Smokestack Lightnin,’ Killing Floor” and “Back Door Man,” was a towering and imposing figure who stood 6-foot, 6-inches and weighed 300 pounds.

With the release of his single “How Many More Years” in 1951, the first song that achieved major success, Howlin’ Wolf’s stature as a preeminent blues musician solidified, and he continued to grow in popularity as his songs played on the radio and he made live appearances to throngs of excited blues fans.

Howlin’ Wolf’s album, “Howlin’ Wolf,” released in 1962, contained “Little Red Rooster,” Spoonful,” Going Down Slow” and “Wang Dang Doodle,” all of which were soon to be covered by American and British rock bands with a passion for the blues, such as Eric Clapton, the Grateful Dead and the Rolling Stones.

For more information about live blues and Cajun music in Southern California and to see a schedule of upcoming performances, be sure to check out the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival today.